Camden in Bloom- Taking pride in our neighbourhoods

News – Friday, June 26th, 2020

Camden in Bloom aims to encourage residents, businesses and community groups to take pride in their neighbourhood and create a more pleasant place to live and work.

Everyone can contribute to a greener and cleaner Camden. Think of your garden, balcony, baskets or pots as one piece of your local urban garden made up of your neighbours’ gardens, your local parks, green spaces and street trees.

This year’s award categories include:

1. Best community centre garden – for those who have created a vibrant gardening space in a community centre, cared for by volunteers. Show us what you’ve grown, and tell us how!
2. Camden Young Gardeners – we want to see what Camden’s younger residents have been growing! If your child under 10 has been getting stuck into gardening during lockdown, please show and tell us their efforts.
3. Best balcony garden – for those who have created amazing green spaces where space is a challenge. These include hanging baskets, window boxes, and of course balconies.
4. Best communal housing garden – show us your green growing area worked on by a housing tenant / gardening group.
5. Best community food growing – this category has a focus on food, we want to see what you produce and how you include your volunteers in the growing and distribution of the produce.
6. Best individual front garden – for those who have created attractive, well-maintained and nature-friendly front gardens.

Judging
Marks will be given for the overall visual impact and design of the space. Judges will also be looking at measures taken to enhance the garden’s contribution to the local environment (see examples of sustainability measures below).

Sustainability measures include:
•    Providing shelter for wildlife by combining bedding plants with trees and shrubs
•    Collecting rainwater to use during drier months
•    Using natural methods to combat weeds and pests (organic gardening)
•    Growing a variety of plants that provide pollen and nectar all year round
•    Providing water for wildlife such as a pond or similar wet area
•    Feeding birds, particularly over the winter months
•    Growing plants that are particularly good at reducing air pollution. For example trees: golden rain, red robin, apple trees, stag’s horn sumach, holly and lilac – shrubs: ebbinge’s silverberry, bay tree, strawberry tree and viburnum tinus.
•    Composting organic waste to produce your own fertiliser

Shortlisting
A shortlist will be picked from entrants and judged by our panel, and winners selected in August.

Key dates
The competition is now open and closes on Sunday 31 July.

Note: please send up to 5 photos of your garden, along with:

  • Your name
  • Contact details
  • Which category you are entering
  • A description of what you’re growing and how you’re doing it, referring to the sustainability measures listed above.

Enter NOW: camdeninbloom@camden.gov.uk