Every year London Underground hold an annual Underground in Bloom competition, and the prize for the best dressed tube station is hotly contested, with lots of competition between green fingered station staff, who tend the gardens in their own time. Normally Covent Garden station staff are unable to participate as they have a very limited space and large crowds of passengers using the tiny ticket hall, but this year they can as the station is currently operating as exit only. Staff are excited to be able to take part and six Covent Garden themed planters have been created and placed at the station entrances on James Street and Long Acre.
London Underground employee and keen gardener Steve Jordan, pictured, now has the job of keeping the flowers blooming throughout the summer until judging can take place in September. We visited them in May as the planters were being put in place, and they definitely gave the place a lift. Last year’s winner was Hampstead Tube Station but we are rooting for Covent Garden station this year.