In Summer 2017, IEL’s judges and writer/photographer Elaine Kramer looked at gardens nominated by gardeners, friends and neighbours. Lambeth’s Mayor, Cllr Marcia Cameron, presented 18 of the borough’s best gardens and gardening communities with awards in a ceremony at the recently-reopened Museum of Garden History. Every garden won £100 to invest in growing better next year.
Word from the Council
Cllr Marcia Cameron, Lambeth’s Mayor said:
“Sometimes as a Councillor you hear bad things about Lambeth – but I know so much to be proud of: the busy-ness of Waterloo Station, open-air swimming at the Lido, a working windmill, the Black Cultural Archives. Here we are at the world’s first garden museum – and it’s in Lambeth.
“And something we can be particularly proud of is this – so many community activists growing food, growing communities, all doing something to help Lambeth be a better place.”
Edwin Monteverede (‘Monty’), Edmundsbury Court Estate
“Monty’s garden has won numerous awards in the past, and even had a visit from the Royal Family. This year he has replanted the lawn and planted many new flowering plants, hanging baskets and some wonderful and interesting shrubs and foliage. The garden gives him many hours of pleasure which he shares with residents.”
Diane Skidmore, Tulse Hill Estate
“Same old balcony, basic, been like this for years but refreshed and beautiful and blooming lovely. Was ill for ages and some flowers withered and bushes died but…life returns and the growth has given neighbours, passers-by and me so much joy!! It’s brilliant.”
For more information
- Food growing is getting bigger and bigger on Lambeth estates. It brings communities and generations together and inspires healthy eating. A trained Community Gardener from Urban Growth will help get your project up and running. You’ll have opportunities to get involved in cooking (or cookery lessons) and other food workshops. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Incredible Edible Lambeth (IEL) is a network of food growers and activists working to improve our communities. We exist to re-localise the food system in Lambeth so that it nurtures us and strengthens our communities. See a map of what’s growing where and read more about our campaigns on our news pages.
Thank you to photographer Elaine Kramer for the words and pictures on the ‘Blooming Lambeth’ pages.