People of Hackney, it’s bloomin’ time!


Hackney in Bloom, Hackney Council’s free gardening competition is back this summer, giving green fingered local residents, schools, businesses and communities the chance to show off their gardening skills.

Now in its ninth year, the competition not only recognises the borough’s top gardeners, but encourages sustainable horticulture, helping to keep Hackney a green and bright place to live.

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture said: “Hackney in Bloom gives everyone the chance to show off their gardening skills, giving the borough a splash of colour making it a welcoming place for residents and visitors. Gardening not only contributes to a healthy environment but is also a good way to stay active and get involved in your local community. I am always impressed at the high standard of the entries we receive for this competition.”

As long as your entry is in Hackney, you can apply. This year, prizes will be awarded for:

Best Front Garden
Best Container Garden
Best Business Premises
Best Community Project
(professional & non professional)
Best Food Growing Project
(professional & non professional)
Young & Green Fingered Award
Best Newcomer Award

_DSC0803The judges will be looking for originality, design, impact, colour, quality and sustainability as well as specifics outlined for each category. There will also be a prize for the Best Newcomer to the competition.

To apply online, visit or just pick up an entry form at your local library or Hackney Service Centre. All entries must be received by Friday 14 June 2012.

Hackney in Bloom is organised by Hackney Council in partnership with Hackney homes and the East London Garden Society.

M. Parkin Tree Specialists Ltd will be contributing £200.00sponsorship to the awards evening and donating a tree that will be planted in Hackney. Businesses interested in sponsoring the awards should contact Jenny Watters on 0208 356 6482 or



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