Cheam Park wins gold in London in Bloom competition

Park users are celebrating after Cheam Park and Recreation Ground was awarded a Gold in this year’s London in Bloom competition.

The award in the Large Park Above 25 acres category was a further improvement on last year’s Silver Gilt award.

In the 50th anniversary of London in Bloom, judges praised Cheam Park saying it offered a tremendous resource to the residents of Sutton of which they must be ”very proud”.

The judges commented: “The park is well maintained as a sports and recreation space with a play area, bowling and croquet green and café at its heart. Changes have been made in recent years to improve these facilities and it now provides a good multi-faceted service to the public.”

Mums group, Cheam Life, was singled out for organising many local events. Fundraising activities were held for additional children’s facilities in the park, including two new benches in the playground, a contribution to the fitness equipment and the Christmas Wish Tree.

The park is one of several owned and maintained by Sutton Council which won an award.

Manor Park (Park of the Year category) – Silver Gilt

The Grove (Large Park of the Year category) – Silver Gilt

Beddington Park (Large Park above 25 acres category) – Silver Gilt

Oaks Park  (Large Park above 25 acres) category  – Silver Gilt

Overall, Sutton was awarded a Silver Gilt for its efforts.

Cllr Mary Burstow, Cheam Ward councillor, said: “I am delighted that Cheam Park has been officially recognised as a  jewel in the crown of the London Borough of Sutton. It is all thanks to the hard work of so many people who have been determined to make this a first-class community facility.”

Celebrating gold are mums Angela Pullinger with Callum and Lily, Zoe Conlon with Freddy and Alfie, and Astrid Weston with Evie