Judging is underway for the annual Underground in Bloom awards which aim to reward London Underground staff who help improve the appearance of the Tube network by tending plants and flowers at stations and depots.
55 stations, depots and control rooms have entered the 2010 awards which, in recognition of the Mayor’s Capital Growth programme encouraging Londoners to grow their own food, includes a new category of fruit and vegetables.
Other categories include cultivated garden plots, hanging baskets, tubs, fruit and vegetables and a new art category called Gardens in Bloom. Extra points are given to environmentally-friendly gardens that attract wildlife or are water wise.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “A great pat on the back for all those dedicated Tube staff who have tended hanging baskets, cultivated fruit and veg and watered blooms, all in their spare time to make their stations more colourful. It also goes to show you can grow your own fruit and veg just about anywhere.”
London Underground Chief Operating Officer Howard Collins said the displays show “just how committed our staff is to offering an outstanding service to customers using the London Underground.”
Judging continues until September 3rd and the winners will be announced at City Hall on September 16th.