Bankside park among this year’s London in Bloom medallists

Red Cross Garden in London's Bankside neighbourhood

Red Cross Garden in Bankside has been named London in Bloom small park of the year as part of the RHS annual Britain in Bloom award scheme.

The park was originally built by social reformer and National Trust co-founder Octavia Hill in the 1800s. It was renovated and restored in 2005 and is now looked after by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST).

Paul Ely, director of BOST, said: ‘This is a wonderful achievement, which recognises the dedication and commitment of numerous volunteers who work so hard to keep the garden in top condition.

‘We are also the proud joint recipients of a Silver Gilt RHS Urban Community Award for the second year running, in partnership with Better Bankside and Southwark Council. We strongly believe that by working in partnership like this, local people benefit more from better quality design and coordinated provision of their open spaces.’

The ‘small park’ category is for gardens up to five acres. Other London in Bloom award winners are: park of the year, Victoria Embankment Garden; large park of the year, Raphael Park, Havering; large parks over 25 acres, Alexandra Park, Alexandra Palace Trust; country park of the year, Gunpowder Park, Lee Valley Regional Park; and Heritage park and garden, Chiswick House and Gardens Trust.

For the full list of results, including silver and bronze awards, see the London in Bloom website.

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