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Joe Swift gets Islington ‘in Bloom’ as competition launches

PUBLISHED: 10:56 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 12 April 2017

Promoting Islington in Bloom 2017, from left: Chair of Islington Gardeners Jennifer Chamberlin, Cllr Claudia Webbe, Joe Swift, Anita Gracie of Octopus Communities Network and Christine Lovett of Angel Business Improvement District. Picture: Islington Council

Promoting Islington in Bloom 2017, from left: Chair of Islington Gardeners Jennifer Chamberlin, Cllr Claudia Webbe, Joe Swift, Anita Gracie of Octopus Communities Network and Christine Lovett of Angel Business Improvement District. Picture: Islington Council

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TV gardener Joe Swift helped launch this year’s Islington in Bloom competition on Thursday.

The competition to find the borough’s best green spaces was launched at the Business Design Centre by the star of the BBC’s Gardener’s World.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s environment leader, said: “Our strength is our community, which, year after year, comes together to make our green spaces and neighbourhoods blossom. This makes such a nice difference to Islington’s streets.

“These efforts are all the more important because we have the least green space per person in London and that is why we are all so committed to keeping it flourishing.”

Islington In Bloom is open to all: and if you don’t have a front garden, it could be a tree pit planted in your nearest community garden, for example. The Gazette is sponsoring the “best estate” category.

Entries are open until May 31 with judging from mid-June. For more information, see islington.gov.uk/inbloom

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