Putney’s Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) has finally bagged a gold award in this year’s London Garden Society Awards.

After continued improvement over the last 10 years, the RHN was given top spot in the awards’ hospitals category this month.

For the past two years the RHN has taken bronze and then silver in the competition - and this year’s gold award was thought to have been secured through pain-staking tender, loving care and a big push to bring the areas used in patient therapy to a very high standard.

There are several areas in the RHN gardens, developed with help from contractors The Green Team, where patients are able to grow their own flowers and vegetables and staff claim there is a real sense of achievement when projects are successful.

Philip Palethorpe, director of facilities at the RHN, said: “After winning bronze and silver over the last two years, it is so good that we have finally be able to clinch the gold. This is a great achievement and I’d just like to thank The Green Team and all our staff who have been involved.”

Neal Mullery, from The Green Team, said: “We’ve worked with the RHN for more than 15 years now so it is great for us to see the gardens recognised in this way.”