Not only are the TfL staff excellent at getting us from A to B, it turns out lots of them are also rather green-fingered. Yesterday, the winners of the annual Underground in Bloom competition were announced at City Hall. Sixty-eight stations, depots and crew sites went head-to-head with their prized flowers, fruit and vegetables, with extra points being awarded for ‘greener’ gardens and entries acknowledging the Tube’s 15oth anniversary. Judges were looking at the ‘overall impact of the display, imagination and creativity’ for these urban transport oases.
Hampstead Tube station (top photo) really blossomed this year, picking up three prizes including Best Overall Award. Finchley Central Tube station won Best Cultivated Garden, North Acton Tube station did well in Tubs and Hanging Basket rounds while Rayners Lane station (photo below) bagged a highly commended prize for their 150th anniversary-themed flowerbed. South Kensington, Neasden, Newbury Park and Kentish Town stations were also highly praised by the judges, while Acton Central cleaned up in the Overground in Bloom categories.
Phil Hufton, Chief Operating Officer for London Underground, said: ‘I’d like to thank all our staff for transforming our stations, depots and train crew sites into places bursting with colour during the 150th anniversary of the Tube. Our staff have spent their spare time putting a lot of work into these wonderful gardens and I know it’s appreciated by our customers.’ Keep your eyes peeled for any award-winning foliage on your travels.