Hackney’s great garden bloomers

Horticultural plaudits go out to gardeners from across the borough in this year’s Hackney in Bloom competition organised by the Council’s Parks Service.

Hackney green-fingered enthusiasts continue to take great pride in their gardens with a total of 79 entries in this, the fourth and biggest year of the competition that aims to make the borough more attractive and raise awareness of the environment.

Categories ranged from Best Educational Garden to Best Front Garden. The prize for Best Business premises went to St Joseph’s Hospice in Mare St. Mr Charles Rohrer in N16 won Best Front Garden, impressing judges with his imaginative use of space and variety of plants that provides year round colour. The Beehive pub won first prize for Best Pub.

Prizes were also awarded for Best Communal Garden, Best Container Garden, Best Educational Garden, Best Residential Garden and Best Estate, which was won by Lincoln Court in N16 for providing a colourful and valued communal space.

Councillor Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “I am delighted to see this competition growing in size and importance each year. It is really encouraging to see so many people getting involved and playing a part in looking after our local environment. Congratulations to the winners and everyone that took part in the competition. The judges were really impressed with their hard work and dedication.”

An award ceremony will be held in October to present trophies and prizes to the top three entries in each category. First prize winners have also been entered into the London in Bloom competition.

For more information about Hackney’s parks and open spaces email: or telephone 020 8356 8429.