Yesterday saw the winners of these awards for 2014 announced.  According to, there were a record number of 400 entrants including 127 schools.

As reported by, our neighbours in Gravesham picked up several awards but the only award given in Dartford seems to be to Temple Hill Primary School, who picked up a silver gilt award.  I can only assume that, apart from Temple Hill Primary School, there were no entries from the Dartford area.  This is topic that we raised back in July when Keep Britain Tidy announced the winners of the 2014 Green Flag Awards and there was ‘Not A Single Green Flag in Dartford’.

If there is one subject which nearly all of Dartford people agree on, it is probably how well Central Park is maintained; surely, it would be a contender for such an award.  Why shouldn’t our pride be represented in competitions such as these?  Perhaps, next year Dartford Borough Council could take the lead in ensuring that our parks, open spaces, etc. are entered in such competitions.

Well done to Temple Hill Primary School for their award this year; let’s hope that there could be more success throughout the Borough next year.

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Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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