London in Bloom 2017

The Garden Committee is delighted to announce that our garden was awarded a Silver Gilt award for London in Bloom 2017.  We thank Myriam and our gardeners as well as all our volunteers led by Benedict Ernst.

Here’s an extract from the judge’s report.
Borders consist of good maintenance in areas. Nice to see grasses being introduced to add sustainable planting. Lovely lilacs and Pittosperums and mature shrubs to fill the borders. The New Zealand plant collection is excellent and a real asset to the square. Very good tree maintenance and a very diverse range of trees are contained within the square. Build checking of tree ties on young trees into your maintenance program. The Herb spiral introduced by the School of Pharmacy is a wonderful introduction. A lovely play area with a variety of equipment that has been maintained to a high standard. The sand pit covers are brilliant. The small vegetable plot looked after by residents is a valuable asset and you may want to consider expanding the area. Appropriate benches for seating and clean and tidy barbecue area. Bird boxes, and evidence of bats and butterflies were pointed out. Composting bays are in use and they were carrying out their own propagation on the day. In spring blue bells, snow drops are present. Log piles have been created and work is to commence on a new glasshouse. The square has a large lawn with relaxed cut in areas particularly under trees. There is a well designed warm border by the Tennis courts. The 4 tubs in the barbecue area could be planted up with fuller displays and the rose beds could be pruned. On the whole a very good soil profile in beds and borders. Path clean and tidy gravel. This was a real pleasure to judge.