We’ve launched BLA2020 today! The categories look quite different this year, but we hope you can still have fun and get creative with your nominations.
There will be prizes of £150 and £75 for winners and highly commended. Two of the categories will be Peoples’ Vote, whilst three are the directors’ vote. Make sure you read the guidelines carefully before applying.
Amazing things happen in times of crisis; we’ve seen extraordinary acts of kindness and selflessness by many people in our communities – not least, amongst our health workers. Incredible Edible Lambeth was therefore so pleased to be approached to work with Stockwell’s GP Wellbeing Team.
This week, one of our community gardens will be making up bundles from the garden to give to five GP practices as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to our incredible local NHS staff.
The beautiful Landor Garden – a secret space tucked in behind Landor Road will be making this first offering. We hope that a partnership will evolve, linking green spaces with health centres, providing opportunities for GP’s (and pharmacists) to offer alternative places of sanctuary to their patients. We know that ill health can be a result of isolation and loneliness and that community and Nature, though never a cure-all, is so restorative.
We very much hope that this scheme can be replicated around Lambeth – get in touch if you’d like to find out more firstname.lastname@example.org
We were so sad not to launch our new film Growing Up in which we highlight the work of four amazing primary schools in Lambeth – do take a look, it will make you smile.
We realise that during this pandemic, many schools are staying open for the children of key workers. We want to support these schools through this period and encourage them to join our Growing for our Communities scheme. Some schools are looking to share seedlings with all their parents and kids during this time – is this something you’d like to do too? If so please get in touch with us and we can help you achieve something amazing! email@example.com.
Our friend and fellow IEL member, Seonaid from Sprout Up is creating simple How to Grow videos – she has just published her first one – follow her here. Seonaid works tirelessly with kids to promote food growing in schools.
Finally, if you’re reading this and are not yet a member of IEL, please consider joining today as a Group Member and join the other schools in Lambeth who are already IEL members.
Earlier this month, we had planned to launch this lovely short film about four amazing primary schools in Lambeth who are growing food. Our current crisis meant we were not able to meet together to celebrate (and encourage new food growers) but we thought you’d like to watch the film anyway, so here it is:
Growing Up, a film about four food growing schools in Lambeth (click the link ‘Growing Up’ to watch on YouTube)
Food Growing for our Communities: we have been running a project to help people to grow more food. We hope this is the beginning of a food revolution around Lambeth!
Blooming Lambeth Awards 2020 is launched! The new categories reflect our very different circumstances we are accepting nominations now. We welcome your creative response to these categories; cash prizes to be won.
We have gone virtual! Our events are now run through zoom – from member discussions to zoom garden tours – we will keep you in touch with our activities through our social media. If you have an idea for an event, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
We have posted downloadable versions of our walks onto the website – please do print out and use them for your daily 30 minute exercise; our new Vauxhall map shows how many steps and Km the two routes are.
Have you heard about the catastrophic decline in insects? There’s been a 76% drop in insect life in the past 20 years. “If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos” E.O. Wilson.
Step 4: ‘Say No to the Mow’: let your grass grow longer, or if it’s not your lawn, put pressure on your Management to get the contractors to mow less regularly (hashtag nomowzone). PlantLife are running a campaign.
Step 5: plant pollinator-friendly plants. For bees of all kinds, the two single best plants are willows and brambles. There’s a bee plant list at https://www.cotswoldgardenflowers.net/some-hints-and-tips/. Pollinators generally love buddleia, solidago, hylotelephium (formerly known as sedum), ivy, daisies of all kinds, fennel and other umbellifers. For caterpillars: nettles, ivy, mustard, garlic, birds-foot trefoil, holly and rhamnus. Register with Grow Wild for guidance on wildflower planting.
Step 6: make or buy a bee hotel – it’s a simple as drilling some holes in a block of wood! (IEL plans to hold a bee hotel workshop soon!)
Do you have a small patch of land where you could grow some wheat to contribute to this project? If so, let us know at email@example.com and we will get some grain to you. No space is too small!