Edible gardens, floating allotments, community and therapeutic gardens, front yards, sacred spaces, pavements, postage stamp sized plots and school projects were all recognised at an awards ceremony for urban gardeners last week.
The culmination of a year long campaign to encourage Londoners to make the capital greener and more biodiverse the scheme shows that you don't need a lot of space, or a lot of money to green your local space. What you do need is ingenuity and commitment - qualities all Green Corner nominees have in spades.
Given we just greened our own corner with a sprouting salad and herb garden we were most inspired by the example of the fourteen Hackney boat dwellers who got together to turn an old boat into a community growing patch (pictured). The floating allotment is described as "a cornucopia of rosemary, basil, Thai sage, chives and mint, strawberries, artichokes, lettuces, tomatoes, squash, beetroot and much more." The produce is shared between the households involved and when there’s a particularly bumper crop, it’s left in a common area so people can help themselves. Sweet. When our runner beans are ready to harvest, we'll leave the excess on our doorstep for you lot.
The overall winner was 'ecotherapy' project Meanwhile Wildlife Garden run by Kensington and Chelsea Mind at the bottom of Trellick Tower on Kensal Road, W10 5BN and a special award recognised the temporary green oases created by the people behind this summer's Urban Physic Garden and last year's Union Street Orchard, Wayward Land Trust.
Have a look at winners in all categories at the Conservation Foundation website.
London's Green Corner Awards are run by The Conservation Foundation which celebrates 30 years of promoting positive environmental news, awareness and action in 2012.