Hackney residents get creative

Enter your nomination to see your hero honoured in a giant floral artwork – closing date, 5pm on 22 May

A group of older residents got creative at a poetry workshop, writing nominations for local people who deserve a public tribute.

The residents from Woodberry Down met poet Francesca Beard and artist Joshua Sofaer, at an event organised by Age Concern Hackney, to help inspire them to come up with the names of heroes they’d like to see honoured in a giant floral tribute in Clissold Park, N16.

Their nominations have been submitted to the artist as part of his ‘Rooted in the Earth’ project, one of two winning Create Art Award entries which will be a highlight of the CREATE09 arts festival which runs from 22 June to 2 August across the five host boroughs for 2012 – Hackney, Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Joshua Sofaer said: “We had great fun at the workshop and the residents had such great stories to tell about local people who have had an impact on their lives. A lot of them spoke fondly of a neighbour who they used to enjoy going on walks with but who has sadly passed away.”

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “The poetry workshop was a great way for local people to really get involved in the cultural celebrations leading up to the 2012 Games. I look forward to seeing the winning name planted in Clissold Park and hearing the story behind it.”

The floral tribute can be for anyone who deserves to be honoured publicly - yourself or someone else, dead or alive, a group or organisation, or even a fictional character.

A team of volunteers will join the artist, a landscape gardener and a horticultural expert to plant the winning name, which will be revealed in June as part of the CREATE09 arts festival, celebrating culture in the lead up to the 2012 Games.

Local people still have time to get their entries in before the closing date – 5pm on 22 May.

To enter a name for Rooted in the Earth visit: