Islington is Blooming!

Best Small Neighbourhood - Elephant Hedge on Ambler Road. [Picture from Islington Media]
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Residents, businesses, local pubs and schools are testing their green fingers this spring for the annual Islington in Bloom competition.

The Council announced their annual gardening competition earlier last week, encouraging Islington to create and display their best gardens, balconies and the most creative container gardens in the borough. The competition has been running since 2003.

Winning entry in the Islington In Bloom poster competition, by Alice Appleton. [Picture from Islington Media]
Winning entry in the Islington in Bloom poster competition, by Alice Appleton. [Picture from Islington Media]
Andrew Bedford, Islington Council’s parks and open spaces manager, said: “Islington in Bloom is an incredibly popular competition, and we know that a lot of people have already started work on their entries – but there is still plenty of time to get involved and create a green oasis yourself or with your neighbours.”

Eleven Gardening Categories

There are eleven categories for entrants including: Best Front Garden, Best Community Centre Garden and Best Forgotten Corner.

For residents who wish to take part and have no available gardening space, locals are encouraged to plant a tree on their street, estate or in a space which has been forgotten. And those who have a keen eye for green spaces can also nominate entries.

The competition aims to encourages and rewards involvement of gardening and improving your local area for all the community to enjoy, Bedford added.

Participants have a chance of winning a £100 voucher from the Camden Garden Centre, including £75 and £50 vouchers for 2nd and 3rd place. There were 130 entries last year.

“I think it’s a great idea, I’ve seen some of the Islington in Bloom ribbons on trees and I think it encourages people to look after their gardens the community,” said Alissa Fuller, 34 a Holloway local.

Andrew Bedford told the Holloway Express: “This is especially important and challenging in an inner city borough such as Islington where green space is a precious commodity and budgets and resources are under pressure. This setting encourages creativity amongst residents with the smallest spaces being utilised, resulting in beautiful tree pit or container gardens being created and forgotten corners of the borough being transformed. Islington in Bloom is not just about who has the best looking gardens, it is about building communities and bringing neighbourhoods together.”

London in Bloom

Last year Islington won the capital’s London in Bloom competition, which encouraged the capital to make it greener and a better place to live. Along with Gold and Category Winner in the Small City Category and Gold and Category Winner in the Conservation Area Category.

Deadline for entrants this year is May 31st, with judging taking place between mid-June until July. Entries can either be made online or by picking up a form from any of Islington’s libraries and leisure centres, as well as the reception areas in the Town Hall and 222 Upper Street.

For more information or to enter, see, call 020 7527 2838 or email

Best Small Neighbourhood - Elephant Hedge on Ambler Road. [Picture from Islington Media]
2014 winner for Best Small Neighbourhood Garden – Elephant Hedge on Ambler Road. [Picture from Islington Media]

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