A blooming big year

  • 22
  • Feb

Calling all residents – experienced growers and novices alike – we need you to help make Islington bloom.

The borough’s annual gardening competition is now open. This year, having won at London in Bloom for the second year in a row, Islington has been invited to compete in Britain in Bloom.

It’s been seven years since we last took part in Britain in Bloom, and this year being the 50th anniversary of London in Bloom, we want Islington to make a colourful impression.

Islington in Bloom is open to all residents and businesses. Even if you don’t have space at home you can get growing with your neighbours – whether that’s growing food or creating new gardens to encourage wildlife to your estate. Every hanging basket and window box counts and will help our borough to bloom. Read our growing tips here.

Every entrant will receive a free compost, a half price plant and a £5 gift voucher from Camden Garden Centre. Prizes for each category are 1st – £100, 2nd – £75, 3rd – £50.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 31 May 2017.

For more information and how to enter Islington In Bloom.

See a full list of local businesses and organisations sponsoring this year’s Islington In Bloom.

Why not get involved in a gardening club?

Or take inspiration from these we’ve listed below and start one of your own.

Urban Wild Places, run by Octopus Network, is a food growing project on estates and parks celebrating Islington’s rich cultural heritage.

EC1 Men’s Shed offers a dedicated space and programme of activities, including a local community garden, for men aged 55+.

The New Orleans Estate Food Growers and Gardening Club transformed a derelict tennis court into a vibrant gardening space for residents on the estate to enjoy.

Culpeper Community Garden is one of the greenest public spaces in Islington, with volunteering opportunities and two open sessions a week.

Blackstock Triangle Gardeners in Finsbury Park has flourished from a few small seeds to include over 100 households using their front gardens to grow vegetables and flowers.

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