Join us on 15 October to celebrate community growing in Lambeth and crown the winners of the Blooming Lambeth Awards 2019!
The Blooming Lambeth Awards, supported by Lambeth Council, are a chance for us to bring everyone in the community together who thinks that growing, cooking and eating good, local food is important. It’s also a way to show off and say thank you to the amazing growers and growing spaces which have had a really positive impact both on individuals and communities in Lambeth over the last year.
We’re really proud of everything these people and projects have achieved, and we’re excited to be awarding prizes to some of those on the night. These include best community, school and unexpected gardens as well as the people working against the odds to support their communities. We had over 80 entries this year, and we’ll be celebrating all of these projects over some locally produced food and drink.
- 6pm – 8pm, Tuesday 15 October
- Assembly Hall, Brixton Town Hall
- Locally grown and cooked food and drinks to share
- Music from Vinyl Memories (a group of 18-20 year olds who recently appeared in Myatt’s Field Park Youth Jam Festival)
- The event will be opened by our local hero Levi Roots, British-Jamaican reggae musician, television personality, celebrity chef and businessman currently living in Brixton
- Prizes to be awarded to the Blooming Lambeth Award winners
The seven categories this year are:
- Best Community Garden Anywhere – we are looking for gardens that engage a diverse group of people and can demonstrate that people have fun, are inspired, and are able to learn new things. We are especially keen for new gardens to be nominated.
- The Ivor Picardo award for the most productive vegetable garden – you might only have a tiny space but you will be able to demonstrate that you grow a large amount of food relative to the amount of space you have.
- Best School Garden – we want to recognise a school that is emphasising to its students the importance of understanding where food comes from, how to grow it and how to cook it; a school that embraces outdoor learning.
- Against the Odds – we know that gardening in Lambeth often involves creating growing spaces in unusual spaces or under difficult circumstances. We would like to hear about gardens that have been created despite adversity.
- Best Community Gardener– who is your unsung hero/heroine in a garden in Lambeth? Who do you want to recognise for the effort and expertise they bring to a community garden in Lambeth?
- Innovation in Sustainable Food – we want to recognise emerging social businesses and projects that are taking a radical approach to food in Lambeth, either through farming in a different way, through processing food or through building new kinds of food partnerships. We really want to hear more about these innovators!
- Garden in Bloom – we love growing vegetables but flowers are so important for pollination. We would like to recognise a garden that actively encourages pollinators and champions the fact that the world is better off without the use of nasty chemicals. This could be a private garden but it must be visible to the public (eg a front garden or shared communal space). We are especially keen for new gardens to be nominated.
All winners will receive £100 whilst Highly Commended will receive £50.
Cllr Claire Holland, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Clean Air, said:
“These projects showcased and supported by Incredible Edible Lambeth are what make this borough such a wonderful place to walk or cycle around. There are hidden gems all over Lambeth, thanks to the vision and hard work of our residents. As a council we are happy to support the Blooming Lambeth Awards, that are just one way of celebrating such great work and, hopefully, encouraging more people to get involved.”
If you have any questions about the event, including queries about accessibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you there!