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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London has been presented with an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ in the ‘Brent in Bloom’ garden competition for 2012.

‘Brent in Bloom’ is an annual competition held by the Council for the London Borough of Brent recognising the local community for its gardening skills. The aim is to enhance the borough’s attractiveness for both residents and visitors and raise awareness about environmental responsibility. It forms a part of the ‘London in Bloom’ campaign, a wider initiative where boroughs, communities, residents and businesses work together to improve the environment of the capital “to make it a greener, cleaner place to live, work and visit.” This in turn is part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Britain in Bloom’ campaign to help “communities become better places to live.”

Judging for the award was carried out during the month of June. Marks were awarded for colour design, quality of plants and cleanliness.

This year’s achievement follows similar awards for the Mandir’s garden in 2009 and 2010.

Hansa H. Patel, landscape designer and manager of the small garden surrounding the Mandir, expressed, “We’re humbled to receive another award for this competition, but bringing a bit of colour and joy to the area is the biggest reward. We’ve always been keen to contribute to the local community and are delighted that our garden has made such a positive impact to the environment.”

The award affirms the Mandir’s on-going commitment to supporting a cleaner, greener environment for the local community. Recent initiatives have included observing World Environment Day and engaging in a voluntary clean-up of nearby neighbourhoods in the ‘Big Tidy Up’ project.

To learn more about the garden at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, please click here

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