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Cllr Chris Bond meets winning Radiomarathon gardeners

Published Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Enfield in Bloom achieved great success at this year’s London in Bloom Awards ceremony held at the Guildhall on 3rd September.

London In Bloom

Enfield in Bloom collected twelve awards for outstanding horticultural achievements for many of the boroughs local businesses, parks, front gardens, innovative gardens and town centres.

One project, The Radiomarathon Centre in Enfield, has seen a lot of work from young apprentice trainee volunteers from Enfield Council under the Team Challenge scheme. Volunteers who worked at the centre did painting, planting and weeding.

In addition there is a special gardening group who meet every Tuesday at the centre who take charge of keeping the plants in good order. The gardeners, who have learning difficulties, are especially proud of the award received by the centre which was The London in Bloom Capitol Growth Award.

The full awards achieved by the borough were:

Town Centre - Enfield Town Centre - Silver Gilt
Park / Large Public Garden - Enfield Town Park - Silver Gilt, Jubilee Park - Silver Gilt, Pymmes Park - Silver Gilt, Grovelands Park - Gold, Oakwood Park - Gold,
Country Park - Forty Hall Country Park - Gold.
Best Front Garden Awards - Derek & Margaret Fletcher 3rd
The Dennys Hodder Business Premises Award - West Lodge Park Hotel
Pub & Restaurant Award - The Pied Bull 3rd
The London in Bloom Capitol Growth Award - The Radiomarathon Centre
Large City - London Borough of Enfield - Silver

Cllr Bond took a trip down to the Radiomarathon Centre to congratulate the successful Radiomarathon gardeners, Michael Knight, Craig Turney and Daniel Jones, and see their wonderful plot for himself.

The garden, which they tend under the guidance of Programme Facilitator Clifford Tolliday, is packed full of various flowers and delicious vegetables such as ripe corn, lettuce, chillies, pumpkins and other fare. It has been running for over a year. 

Clifford said "The guys so enjoy coming here and work on the plot every week whatever the weather, we have also taught them cooking skills, so once the vegetables are ripe they cook them to prepare tasty dishes.

"We are looking to get chickens and rabbits in here soon, and much of what you see has been donated. We were absolutely delighted to win the London in Bloom Awards; it was down to the dedication of these guys that we won."

Cllr Chris Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment, Street Scene and Parks said "This is an amazing result for our borough to win all these awards for London in Bloom.

"Right across the board, from our parks which have already scored highly with Green Flags we have now won Silver Gilts and Gold Awards, through to Enfield Town Centre and now the Radiomarathon Centre, Enfield should be rightly proud.

"The London in Bloom award for the Radiomarathon Centre itself is a particularly gratifying award as the centre has benefitted from joint work from not only Enfield Council's Team Challenge volunteer scheme but from the gardeners who attend the centre itself.

"Radiomarathon's garden is testament to the hard work put in by Clifford, Michael, Craig and Daniel and I would like to come back later on to see how this plot has progressed

"I offer my congratulations not only to Radiomarathon, but to all this year's winners."

The gardeners would welcome any unwanted gardening equipment, wood, soil, plants or seeds to help them with their plot.
If you would like to donate it to the centre contact Clifford Tolliday on 01992 713 297 or e-mail

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