Blooming Lambeth Awards 2023

Awards Ceremony

2023’s Blooming Lambeth Awards celebrated food growing, flowers, public spaces and private gardens, young gardeners and schools, and more.

 

Blooming Lambeth 2023 was held on November 2nd at the Assembly Hall in Lambeth Town Hall. The awards ceremony was supported by Lambeth Council’s Residents Services and Housing Management team along with IEL staff, Directors, and volunteers.

Each year the Blooming Lambeth Awards highlight and celebrate incredible gardening in Lambeth. Now in their seventh year, the awards – organised by Incredible Edible Lambeth – feature eight categories. Four are judged by a panel of garden experts, four by community vote. Overall, more than 3,500 nominations and votes came in for the public categories!

We were delighted to welcome so many members of Lambeth’s gardening community both as prize winners and as supporters. 

Local Head Gardener, Errol Ruben Fernandes from the Horniman Museum Gardens, joined the ceremony as the guest speaker and co-host for the evening.

The £4,000 in prizes – to be spent on garden improvements – was claimed by 28 winners (including commended and highly commended) at the annual awards event in Lambeth’s Assembly Hall one wet and windy November night, with more than 80 guests. The biggest audience cheers went to the school gardens and young gardener awards.

With thanks to Debbie Sears (photography), Little Cat Café for hearty seasonal soup, Blackbird Bakery for delicious cake, and music by Clement Regert.

Get planning your own Blooming Lambeth

Winter is perfect for planning next year’s garden – start thinking about what you’ll grow and which category you want to win – get ready to apply for Blooming Lambeth 2024.

The Prizes

Congratulations to the Blooming Lambeth Awards 2023 winners!  

We awarded £4,000 of prizes in the form of B&Q vouchers to the selected awardees of Commended, Highly Commended and Winner accolades.

Public Vote Categories and Winners

Ivor Picardo Award for abundant growing of edibles

Winners:

Streatham Community Gardens.

In the Rookery’s historic secret kitchen garden, volunteers transformed an overgrown wilderness into a garden growing vegetables and many varieties of fruit.

Highly Commended:

Slade Gardens

Commended:

Myatt’s Fields Park.

Best School Garden

Five shortlisted schools received 778 public votes.

Winners

Norwood School Health and Wellbeing Garden

Highly Commended:

Dunraven Primary School

Commended:

Loughborough Childrens Centre Garden

Rosendale Primary School

Heathbrook Primary School

Best volunteer for a community growing space

Winner:

Heather Seal

At Loughborough food growing Farm, also making time for Wyck Gardens’ forest garden and community orchard.

Best resident-led community garden

322 votes were cast

Winner:

Kathleen McCann

Of Moorlands Nature Garden Allotment. Once a derelict housing site, it now has a wildlife pond visited by Hillmead School and Lambeth Living Well Collaborative visit, as well as growing food.

Highly Commended:

Siobhan Mooney

John Chenery

Expert Panel Categories and Winners 

Most enthusiastic young gardener – at home or in a school 

Highly Commended:
 
Oscar

Anna

Winners:

Ephraim

Of Norwood School Garden who created fantastic planter designs and makes everyone smile.

Milena

Who has acquired an impressive set of gardening skills since joining the community garden team aged 5.

Best garden in bloom
 
Winner:

Gipsy Hill Community Gardens.

Spring bulbs inspire bees and pollinators to cross-pollinate autumn fruit trees and volunteers keep things watered and maintained all year.
 

Highly Commended:

Catherine McGrath

Chrstine Makhlouf

Best space for encouraging wildlife
 
Winner:
 
Tony Danford

For biodiverse planting, dead hedge areas for composting park waste, and new mowing regimes to support biodiversity in Myatt’s Fields Park.
Highly Commended:
 
Carnac Community Garden
 
Greenham Close
 
Streatham Common Community Garden
Most imaginative use of greening a small space
 

Winner:

Rando Wagner

His urban garden started during lockdown with up-cycled / rescued plants, pots, tables, shoe racks, skateboards, bathroom sinks and more.

Highly Commended:
 
Christopher Goodes

Sponsors

The Blooming Lambeth Awards 2023 were supported by the generous sponsorship of Lambeth Council/ Lambeth Bee Roads, making it possible to award £4,000 of prizes in the form of B&Q vouchers to the selected awardees of Commended, Highly Commended and Winner accolades.