Sunbury Walled Garden claims top-spot

Spelthorne Council’s efforts to create a clean, green and colourful borough were recognised at this year’s prestigious South & South East in Bloom Awards.

At the awards, held in Fareham on 14 September, Spelthorne Council beat off competition from hundreds of entrants to pick up three awards.

The ever-popular Sunbury Walled Garden claimed the top-spot, receiving a Gold award and being declared overall winner in the Small Park category for the fourth year running.

There was more good news for Spelthorne with Staines and Sunbury Cemeteries both gaining Silver Gilt awards in the Best Cemetery category.

The annual competition is designed to encourage councils, residents and businesses to work together to improve the local environment and make towns and cities greener and cleaner. Expert judges toured the region in June and July and awarded marks based on a range of criteria.

Cllr Tony Mitchell, Spelthorne’s Cabinet Member for the environment, said: “Spelthorne has done fantastically well to pick up so many awards in this competition. Community is a key priority for the Council and we are passionate about keeping Spelthorne’s environment pleasant for everyone to enjoy. These awards are confirmation that we are on the right track and I would like to thank the Council’s Neighbourhood Services team, our contractor Lotus Landscapes and everyone else who helped us achieve these awards.”