All four corners of the capital were turned green in July in London’s Green Corners Awards, organised by The Conservation Foundation. Eight green corners have been chosen for July with Lambeth and Islington coming out as the month’s greenest boroughs.
Minnie Bennett Sheltered Accommodation in Greenwich is chosen as the Community Green Corners winner because of its green fingered residents’ successful efforts to bring colour to their surroundings.
In Lambeth a resident of Wareham House in Carroun Road has a glorious window box which brings colour to the whole building and wins them the Roof Terraces, Balconies and Windowsills Award, while Ashmole Primary School’s children have created a green oasis in their playground and with edible and scented plants.
In Islington, St Mary Magdalene Church in Holloway Road picks up the award for the Sacred Spaces category and the Edible Green Corners Award goes to SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Good Food Society for its splendid food growing space.
Arocaria Greek Restaurant in Crouch End wins the Health and Wellbeing Award for its wonderful display of flowers whose owner’s “Generosity of spirit and rewards of his hard work healed my anxiety and restored my well-being,” according to its nominator.
The No Man’s Land award goes to Union Street Orchard which this summer has been transformed from a disused site in Bankside into an urban orchard and community garden.
A cul-de-sac mews in Marylebone wins the Mews category - Bingham Place has been turned green by its residents and now attracts the admiration of passers-by.
“Despite one of the driest Julys on record, London can still be proud of its green corners,” says Conservation Foundation Director David Shreeve. “It’s great to see so much variety in this month’s winners and the care and thought that has gone into creating a green and biodiverse place for all to enjoy.”
The Green Corners Awards celebrate the Londoners whose green corners brighten our lives and improve the capital’s biodiversity. There are monthly winners who will go forward to the Grand Finals next spring for judging by a panel of celebrities and gardening experts.
Anyone can enter a green corner or nominate one that catches their eye – a garden isn’t a requirement. For details visit http://www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/
The Conservation Foundation was founded in 1982 by David Shreeve and David Bellamy to promote positive environmental news, awareness and action. Since then it has created and managed a large number of initiatives involving a wide range of environmental issues. Currently these include London’s Green Corners Awards, Gardening Against The Odds, The Great British Elm Experiment, Tools Shed, The Millennium Yew Programme, Wessex Watermarks and Think Big, O2’s community programme.
The Judges of London’s Green Corners Awards are Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum, botanist David Bellamy, David Shreeve, Director of The Conservation Foundation, actress Susan Hampshire, Lucie Nottingham of the Tanner Trust, Rosie Boycott, chair of London Food Board, Bob Crawley, Archant London’s Editorial Director and gardening writers Matthew Appleby (Horticulture Week), Pattie Barron (Evening Standard) and Sir Roddy Llewellyn.
One winner a month will be chosen for exhibition in a special Green Corner at the Garden Museum.