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Blooming Lambeth 2019 – The Winners

The winners for Blooming Lambeth 2019 have been announced, find out who got the honours by downloading the awards booklet.

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You can also download the slides from the presentation given on the evening.

IEL Blooming Lambeth Awards 2019 Slide Deck
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Incredible Edible Lambeth Harvest 2019, 19th Sept -6th Oct

To align with Sustain’s Urban Food Fortnight, from 19th September to 6th October we are promoting everything foodie going on in Lambeth – both on our website and in a leaflet.

We would love you to submit ideas for food-centred events, even if you’ve already registered with Sustain. In order to get onto our IEL Harvest brochure, submit your event via this google form or email us the information by 3rd September. The info you supply will also go onto our website.

Here you will find the full list of events. Each event has its own page, so click on the link to find out more.

DateTimeEvent
20/09/201912:30-15:00Lunch for a Fiver
20/09/201919:00 till lateJane Scott’s Celtic Vegetarian Feast
21/09/201913:00Loughborough Farm Community Shared Lunch
22/09/201911:00-15:00Apple Day at Streatham Community Garden
22/09/201916:30-18:15Lis Stewart and Chris Dyer play a Gig at the Greenhouses 
22/09/201912:00Free community lunch in the greenhouse @ Myatt’s
25/09/20196.30pmFood Waste Workshop
26/09/201910:00Pop Farm @ Pop Brixton Harvest Day
27/09/201912:30-15.00Cafe Lunch for a Fiver
27/09/201919:00 till lateJim’s Mediterranean Supper Club
28/09/201916:00-18:15Lucy Farrell plays a Gig at the Greenhouses
28/09/201919:30Waste Less Supper Club
04/10/201909.30-11:30Incredible Edible Nature Walk
04/10/201912:00Clarkshaws Brewery Tour, Beer Tasting and Lunch
05/10/201910:30Fermenting Fun for Children
05/10/201913:00-15:00Growing winter salads in windowboxes
06/10/201910:00-16:00Apple Pressing
06/10/201910:00-12:30Discover Medicinal Plants
06/10/201916.00-18:15Danzon, Blues Guitars Duo
06/10/201910:30-16:00Squash and Pumpkin Festival
12/10/201911:00Slade Edible Playground Harvest Food Festival

A secret garden party in Stockwell

This fantastic article was co-written by Jude Bow, Friederike Huber and Vita Bow.

It seemed such a waste; a pocket woodland, at the heart of Stockwell’s Spurgeon Estate, locked and neglected. Apart from kids climbing over the railings occasionally and a fox feeling very much at home, the garden was unused and falling into disrepair. It was particularly tragic to see this in inner London, where green spaces are so valuable. Continue reading…

Make Soil!

We have a vision to transform our growing spaces by supplying them with fantastic compost, all created on-site with waste from neighbouring homes.

With some funding from Veolia and a partnership with MakeSoil.org we are beginning the transformation!

Would you like to be part of the Make Soil movement? Could you find a space for a couple of compost bins? We’re partnering with Remake_Reuse,  providing the old pallets, and Bill, who is making the pallets into compost bins.

As gardeners, we all know the incredible benefits of creating good compost and MakeSoil is suggesting we can make even more lovely, nutrient-rich soil by inviting our neighbours to deposit their food waste in our compost bins.

So far we have delivered ten compost bins – to Spring Gardens, Spurgeon Secret Garden, Gipsy Hill community garden, Agnes Riley community garden and the Carmelita Centre  – would you like to join the revolution? If so, get in touch today incrediblelambeth@gmail.com

Continue reading…

Seed Swap and a Tribute to Esiah Levy

At our recent seed swap, the Garden Museum was humming with activity as people gathered to share seeds and started to think about the next growing season. We couldn’t believe the number of people who came through the door, eager to get a chance to talk about the next veg or flowers they were going to try growing. Continue reading…

Pesticide-free Lambeth!

Pesticide Free London Banner

We are experiencing a biodiversity crisis, with a catastrophic decline in insect life, in part because of over-use of pesticide. In addition, there are some questions around the safety of glyphosate to our health.

Our parks are now glyphosate-free but our streets and many TMO’s are not. We are working to influence Lambeth Council to scale down usage. Did you know that your street is sprayed twice or three times a year? Would you like your street NOT to be sprayed this year? If so, email streetchampions@lambeth.gov.uk and request no spraying. 

If Croydon is able to go pesticide-free in all its green spaces and parks (including its estates), then Lambeth can too.

Get Involved

Please support the work of Pesticide Action Network UK and support their Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign. We have created a Pesticide Free document (see pdf) which we are sharing with Lambeth Councillors, TMO’s and Lambeth residents. Please feel free to share with anyone and everyone!

If you have some ideas about how we can work together to raise awareness of these issues, get in touch with the IEL team, join the discussion on our forum, and most importantly join IEL!

Make Your Pledge

Join the campaign, pledge to go pesticide-free in your garden.

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Why not write to your councillor asking them to ‘take the pledge’ too?

If you don’t know who your councillor is, go here

You could say something like: I’m so happy that our parks are pesticide-free but I support IEL and PAN UK’s campaign to see the whole borough go pesticide-free within the next three years.

The Pleasure of Plants at Max Roach

There’s a corner of Lambeth each Wednesday afternoon which is dedicated to everything about healthy food — and there’s free fruit and vegetable bags on offer as well.

The Max Roach Community Centre, a vibrant, super-friendly, wood-clad building in Max Roach Park, becomes a midweek Incredible Edible LEAP zone. Walk in through its doors and you’re greeted by delicious smells from the kitchen, crates of brightly coloured fruit and veggies and lots of people with soil on their hands coming in from the garden. Continue reading…

Pledging for a Healthier Food Borough

Goof Food Charter flyerAs part of our mission to make healthier and more sustainable food available to all in Lambeth, Incredible Edible Lambeth (IEL) has worked hard to build partnerships with the council, NHS, local businesses and many more. This is manifested in the Lambeth Food Partnership, which launched The Lambeth Good Food Charter at its AGM earlier this month. Continue reading…