Exclusive: Rainham through to Britain in Bloom final. ‘I’m on cloud nine’.


Rainham are only one of two London town’s to make it through to the ‘Britain in Bloom’ final.

Yesterday saw the launch of their bid to be the country’s gold medal winner at the competition taking place later this year.

Organiser Jackie McArdle spoke exclusively to the Havering Daily about this amazing achievement.

Rainham first entered the London in Bloom competition three years ago. The first year we entered in 2017 we came second and won the silver guilt prize.

The second year we participated in 2018 we won the gold medal and last year 2019, we won gold again along with the ‘greener street better lives award’. We were the only ones in London to be awarded this prize.”

The locals across Rainham and Wennighton were so chuffed that they still can’t believe it.

I’m on cloud nine, I’m so pleased. The residents in Rainham and Wennigton are just amazing.

Two weeks after winning the gold medal last year Rainham Village and Rainham Hall won certificates of excellence by London in Bloom. The judges were so pleased by the effort we have made here.

This year the London in Bloom judges had to nominate five outstanding places to be put forward for the Britain in Bloom final and Rainham has been selected to go through to the final along with Paddington.

This is a huge achievement for Rainham and Wennington, everyone here has participated and done so well. Rainham is often the forgotten place yet the community here is just remarkable.

We’ve had all the local schools involved, all the local shops, many businesses from outside of Rainham that also want to be involved.

Shops locally have entered their own baskets, businesses have sponsored us. We are still all so chuffed, this is fantastic news and we are in it to win it.”

Jackie is looking for more people to participate and is reaching out to the community to get as many people as possible to join in.

We are going to be called The Rainhearts in Bloom and that will incorporate all the Rainham groups such as ‘RAVE, Rainham in Bloom and the Rainham Village Clean Up Group.

This year we will be looking for community gardens to enter so there is an opportunity for many of you out there to become involved.

We will soon be launching the Rainhearts in Bloom facebook page so people can see all the work we are doing.”

If you would like to know more or participate in this, please contact Jackie McArdle on jackie.m.mcardle@gmail.com

Sue Ospreay, Mark Jones and Jackie McArdle.

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