These are the judges comments for Cheam Park and Recreation Ground in London in Bloom, for which we were awarded a Gold for the first time.
“Cheam Park and Recreation Ground offers a tremendous resource to the residents of Sutton as well as the neighbouring borough of Epsom and Ewell, as the park lies on the borough boundary. Maintained by IdVerde (previously The Landscape Group), the park is well maintained as a sports and recreation space with a play area, bowling and croquet green and cafe at its heart.
“Changes have been made in recent years to improve these facilities and now provides a good multifaceted service to the public. There are (registered and charged) personal trainer groups working in the park – all close to the hub.
“Notice boards identify the services and available activities, run by the Friends group associated with the park. A well run and followed football little league is active in the park.
“TFL have provided funding for a cycle path; part of a wider network which has been welcomed through the lower corner of the park – relieved the previous quagmire that residents and users had to contend with previously.
“Old fashioned horticulture is slightly overlooked here in the face of modern biodiversity provision. Nevertheless there are plans to upgrade some of the formal planting areas and the adjoining allotments have a waiting list.
“The trim trail that is currently being installed will provide recreation opportunities for residents for 14 plus, which I’m confident will prove to be a very popular addition to the parks facilities.
“The Cheam House side of the park retains the stately trees (which are maintained in a good condition) and make a fine feature within the setting. The house is long since gone, but the stable block is currently enjoying extensive repairs and it is hoped will provide children’s nursery space in the near future.
“Overall the residents of the western part of the borough must be very proud of their park.”