Gardeners gear-up for Islington in Bloom

PUBLISHED: 14:20 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:20 22 April 2015

The famous elephant hedges in Blackstock Triangle, a previous winner of Best Small Neighbourhood

The famous elephant hedges in Blackstock Triangle, a previous winner of Best Small Neighbourhood


Green-fingered gardeners, schools, community groups and businesses across Islington are arming themselves with trimmers and shovels for a chance to be in the running for the borough’s most coveted horticultural prizes.

Islington’s best gardens are little over a month away and excitement is flowering as we gear up for Islington in Bloom.

Prizes for best children’s planting, best blooming pub or business and best community garden are among the 11 categories available to enter.

Everyone who takes part will get a half price plant, a free bag of compost and a £5 gift voucher courtesy of Camden Garden Centre. Prizes of up to £100 in garden centre vouchers are also up for grabs in each category.

And, for the first time, cultivators will be able to enter their own gardens or nominate others online as well as by post.

Andrew Bedford, Islington Council’s parks and open space manager, said: “The competition is meant to make the borough a more colourful place by tapping into the skills of the people who live and work here.”

Go to for more information. Entries must be submitted before May 29.

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