Brent’s valued green spaces have won not one but eight awards in the highly prestigious London in Bloom competition.
Veolia and Brent Council were praised for their sustainable management of the district’s parks during London in Bloom’s first digital ceremony ever on October 7, where they won eight London in Bloom awards for providing a unique service.
Five gold awards were won, including for Country Park of the Year in Fryent Park, Big Park of the Year for Woodcock Park and Small Park in Harlesden Town Gardens.
Two silver gilts for several other parks under its leadership were also won.
London in Bloom recognizes the capital’s best open spaces and those who work tirelessly to deliver vibrant neighborhoods.
In 2020, the coronavirus restrictions put enormous pressure on the district’s park resources and also led to the cancellation of prices.
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Veolia scored highly for cleanliness as well as its approach to preserving, sustaining and improving local horticultural standards in the two years since the last awards.
Brent Council and Veolia were praised for their sustainable approach to park and open space management and investment in notable innovation schemes and ongoing partnerships with community groups.
Malcolm Edmunds, contract manager for Veolia, said he was “extremely proud” of his team, adding: “During the lockdown, we saw more people use our parks than ever before, but this also led to an increase in waste that had to be handled carefully for to keep our space enjoyable for everyone.
“These awards are the ultimate recognition of our dedicated staff and wonderful volunteers who help keep our open spaces beautiful.”
Cllr Krupa Sheth, senior member of the environment at Brent Council, said: “It is wonderful news that Brent has been recognized for not just one, but eight of the prestigious London in Bloom Awards.
“We are extremely proud of our staff and partners, Veolia, for maintaining parks and open spaces to such a high standard.
“A huge thank you also to the Friends of Parks group, who play a big role in looking after our parks.
“Our green spaces were and continue to be a source of positivity, health and well-being for local residents during the pandemic.
“We are committed to maintaining these areas of society so that everyone can enjoy and enjoy.”