Camden in Bloom 2015
This year’s annual Camden in Bloom ‘Greener Together’ competition, run in partnership with Project Dirt, once again brought our local communities together in the common goal of making our borough more beautiful and sustainable.
The entries highlighted just how much our schools, residents and businesses care as spaces were transformed, updated and improved – from balconies and gardens to extensive community projects.
Entries were assessed not only on their visual impact, but also on the overall effort taken, the benefit to the local community and the impact on the local environment.
In the schools competition, Devonshire House was awarded with first prize in the category of Greenest School, with efforts focused on creative ways to reduce waste, including putting on recycled fashion shows and creating an urban garden. They also took home first prize in the Energy Efficiency category.
Swiss Cottage School took home the top prize in the Health and Wellbeing category. The judges were impressed by how tirelessly the school’s horticulture teacher Christine Hodder had worked to adapt the garden to benefit pupils with a range of special needs, and had transformed it into a calm and relaxing atmosphere for them to be in.
Also in the schools competition, Argyle School was awarded top prize for Biodiversity, and Fitzjohn’s Primary School won the category for Litter and Waste Minimisation.
In the business and residential competition, Angela Wong was pleased to win first prize in the category of Best Balcony. Angela used her tiny balcony in the Brunswick Centre to grow an incredible amount of produce, which she now shares with her delighted neighbours.
Gloria Farrelly’s garden was deemed best in show, winning Best Individual Garden. Gloria transformed a small garden in Hampstead into one of the most creative gardens the judges had ever seen. She used techniques she had learnt from the Camden in Bloom gardening workshops last year and even created a miniature garden on a wine cork.
Other first prizes in the business and residential competition went to Alara Wholefoods for the Best Business Entrance category, Highgate Day Centre gardening club for Best Community Growing Project, and Grow Lissenden for Best Environmental Project.
An awards ceremony took place at the Town Hall on Tuesday 29 September, where the Mayor of Camden was joined by judges Chris Collins and Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Environment, to give out the prizes to winners across 10 categories.
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More information about the competition can be found at camden.gov.uk/camdeninbloom
For a full list of winners visit Project Dirt