Drum roll please… we are delighted to announce that after a good few years of going for gold, we have secured FIRST PLACE in the Camden in Bloom Awards 2018 for Best Community Garden!
Here’s our head gardener, Maria Elena, with volunteer Violet. Both of them along with a small team are responsible for keeping the garden blooming all year round. Our prize was £50 to spend in the garden which was very gratefully received, plus some yummy Alara cereals which will go down well at coffee morning and for our early birds at the Abbey Community Cafe.
We also got to enjoy afternoon tea with the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Jenny Headlam-Wells. We loved checking out the fancy mayoral gear and feasting on the delicious spread they had put on for the Camden in Bloom winners.
Camden in Bloom aims to encourage residents, businesses and community groups to take pride in their neighbourhood and create a cleaner, greener and healthier Camden. We won Best Community Garden this year; other categories include best individual garden, best green corner and best business garden.
We really think our garden is worth shouting about. It’s our little slice of paradise a stone’s throw from Kilburn High Road. Even just stepping into it for a few moments, I feel calmer. We have many plants and flowers in our planters, plus decorations made by our re-cycle-art group. The garden is maintained entirely by our dedicated volunteers.
Produce from our garden – from potatoes to herbs to tomatoes and radishes – is used in our cooking at our Saturday cafe and Men’s Cooking Classes. The ultimate in reducing your ‘food miles’.
The garden is also its own activity hub. At our Abbey Community Festival in September, adults and children came along to a gardening workshop with Maria-Elena. Previously our garden has enabled us to run our Dig it! Gardening and Craft project during the summer holidays, and our Growing Buddies project where we grew plants in recycled containers to take to older people in blocks of flats who do not have gardens of their own.
A huge thank you go to our gardening volunteer team; if you fancy being part of this award-winning bunch then please pop by on a Friday morning from 11am. And thank you to May for being our official fabulous photographer.
Thank you, Camden in Bloom!