Hackney in Bloom 2010 winners announced

The winners in this year’s Hackney in Bloom competition have been announced, and the borough’s green-fingered enthusiasts continue to show great pride in their gardens and green spaces.

The panel of judges were impressed by the high standard of entries for the competition, which is now in its sixth year and celebrates the best gardens in the borough.

This year, prizes were awarded in a wide range of categories including some new ones. First place for Best Front Garden was won by Graham Bash in E5, who impressed the judges with the careful planning and symmetrical layout of his garden.

Best Community Project was won by Friends of Homerton Station, E9, for the striking wildflower meadow on the railway embankments. Best Voluntary Organisation Garden went to St Mary’s Secret Garden, Pearson Street, E2, which was judged to be an inspiring, attractive garden that demonstrated great benefits for special needs groups as well as the general public.

Due to a broad range of entries, this year’s Best Educational Garden category was split into two awards. The Best Educational Garden in a School Setting award went to Stormont House School, E5, which is led by pupils where the outdoor spaces are part of the daily life of the school.

Hackney City Farm, Goldsmith’s Row, E2, won the Best Educational Garden award, winning praise for its fantastic design and organic look. Judges also highlighted its excellent community involvement opportunities for all ages. The Farm also won the Best Business Premises category.

First place prizes were also awarded to John Gibson, E5, for Best Container Garden; The Beehive, N1, for Best Pub or Restaurant; and Dr T J Parrott, E9, for Best Food Growing Project.

Kim Wright, Corporate Director for Community Services, said: “Congratulations to everyone for their efforts in bringing Hackney in Bloom together each year; from Parks Service and Hackney Homes who lead by example by working hard to maintain our open spaces, to the residents and others who provide beautiful gardens for us all to enjoy.”

The competition is organised by the Council’s Parks Service in partnership with Hackney Homes and a number of sponsors. It highlights the importance of looking after our local environment, recognising those who work hard to make the borough a pleasant place.