Blooming Lambeth call for entries

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Florence and Herald Douglas of Horle Walk, off Loughborough Road in Brixton, highly commended in the Ivor Picardo award last year for the most abundant vegetable patch

Blooming Lambeth Awards, the annual celebration of local community gardening, growing and food activism, is once again asking for entries.

Organised by Incredible Edible Lambeth with financial support from Lambeth council, the awards highlight the borough’s amazing collection of diggers and growers.

“We’ve endured a year of limited access to our community spaces – now is the time to get out there,” says the call for entries.

Winning projects in the fifth year of the event in its current format will get prizes of £150 and £75. Entries close on Wednesday 30 June. Public voting will take place through September.

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Growers at Loughborough Park Community Garden, winners of the ‘Above and Beyond’ category in last year’s awards

Last year’s winners included Brixton’s Sudbourne School which won the school garden award by a public vote. The Angell Town growing project was highly commended in the “Above and Beyond” category that was won by Loughborough Park community garden.

Full details of the eight categories and how to nominate entries are on the Incredible Edible Lambeth website.

You can nominate your own or another garden. There is no need to seek more than one nomination, the number of nominations does not influence the voting.

Nominations must include:
the name/description of the project
location (including postcode)
a contact name and email
three to five good photographs (or videos, depending on the category), and
an explanation of why the garden/project has been nominated

The forms are all online.

Winners will be announced at the Blooming Lambeth awards celebration evening in October.

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Inez Simms from the Edmundsbury Estate garden, highly commended in last year’s Ivor Picardo award for the most abundant vegetable patch

Incredible Edible Lambeth is a network of about 120 group members, mostly community gardeners, and 500 individual members – food growers, food entrepreneurs and food activists – who are all working to improve local communities.

Its strategy is to “re-localise” the food system in Lambeth “so that it nurtures us and strengthens our communities”.

IEL does this by bringing in resources and funding, organising programmes and services and advocating for its members and a more localised food system.

IEL has an online map of member growing projects and other useful information.