Green-fingered Dollis Hill residents are blooming marvellous in London
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The borough’s best green-fingered residents are on the right path after dubbed as blooming marvellous by judges in a London-wide contest.
Campbell Gordon Way Resident’s Association (CGWRA) in Campbell Gordon Way, Dollis Hill, are celebrating after scooping four awards in the annual London in Bloom competition.
Earlier this month they won the neighbourhood category in this year’s Brent in Bloom competition for the third year in a row.
London in Bloom operates a star system with entries rated from one which is establishing to outstanding which is a five.
Bernard Fitzpatrick, from CGWRA, said: “We entered last year and got awarded four stars so we by passed one, two and three straight to level four. This year we got the same grade so we’re keeping the stars up so we are.”
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To achieve level five the group would have an opportunity to enter Best in Britain.
Mr Fitzpatrick, a construction worker, said: “We’d be ecstatic.”
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Mr Fitzpatrick said that unlike previously this year’s judges for London had not visited their cul-de-sac because they were inundated with entries - 250 compared to 71 last year.
“I can see where they’re coming from,” he said. “They wanted to encourage new comers.”
The 20 volunteers for the gardening club include 10 children who work tirelessly during the week and weekends.
“We spend a lot of time watering, and weeding, there is a lot of labour involved and it’s all voluntary. The rewards are beautiful, the flowers are gorgeous.
Multi coloured petunias, begonias, marigolds, pansies and red and white geraniums, hang in baskets on lamp columns on the road in to Campbell Gordon Way.
There are blooms on the ground, outside all the three storey apartment entrances. Baskets also hang on every block.
“When people come in, they’re just ‘wow’, they can see it, can see what we see all the time. They say this stuff’s really nice.
“We’re looking to achieve level five next year.”