Public or private space but must have a public facing view – eg front garden, therapeutic garden, parklet – People’s vote.
My mum works in this garden every day, it is her passion. Last year we created this layered space so she can display all her beloved flowers, cactuses and edible plants. She does cuttings every year and her budget is practically none existent but somehow managed to fill the place with colourful plants every year.
Although only installed in April 2017, our community garden feels well established and seems to be going from strength to strength. What started out as a predominantly purple planting, has been added to by our community gardeners. It is now ablaze with reds, pinks, yellows and oranges, alongside our fruit and vegetables areas. It’s so lovely to see everything spring to life after a brief hot spell. It has become a well-loved and used space during the day and in the long summer evenings.
Nominated by Cleo Cantone
The walled garden or secret garden as it is sometimes called, is a peaceful haven where people can enjoy flowerbeds, a pond, some historic trees, a wisteria pergola, tropical plants, rose beds and much more. Thursday mornings Laura and Alice lead a group of keen volunteers, weeding, pruning, planting and engaging with admiring members of the public.
Nominated by Nicola Desmond
Cottington Estate Beds are the beds along the front of the flats on Opal Street. Inspired by the Community Garden residents have been looking after the beds, weeding and planting mostly donated plants for the last few years. We now feel that the beds are such a joy we would like to share them with Blooming Lambeth. Mandy is the lead resident and has been engaging with residents and passers by and involving the residents whose doors open onto the beds to water in the summer. This year we had a lovely colourful spring display and this has continued into the early summer. We will be picking up more plant donations in July to plant in the beds.