We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who entered or shared our recent charity competition. We have been overwhelmed with the response and it has been a great pleasure to read about some of the amazing projects being undertaken around the country.
We received so many fantastic initiatives, so many in fact that we couldn’t choose just one winner. Last year we announced in a subscriber email that we selected three overall winners, to receive a large donation of bulbs towards their community project.
We also sent out an additional runners up prize to our top 30 entrants, all of whom were sent their prizes back in November. We regret that we couldn’t support everyone who got in touch, but we’re excited to see our bulbs used to brighten communities up and down the country.
Middle Street Community Gardening group
This Nottingham based gardening project is a fantastic initiative that supports people who have Mental Health Difficulties to be involved within all aspects of gardening and developing new skills.
They describe their garden as a ‘secret garden’ in the middle of town, a place that prides itself on having a warm and friendly atmosphere where all members of the community are welcome. Their team of volunteers strive to make sure there is a place to sit and read a book, have a picnic, play games, listen to music, write poetry, take photographs keep fit, paint and just feel connected to nature in a spiritual mindfulness way. They’re hoping a donation of bulbs will create a colourful palette for young and old to admire and appreciate and perhaps encourage wildlife to the kaleidoscope of colour which spring and summer bulbs create.
Growing Together Levenshulme
This lovely group is an entirely volunteer-ran, therapeutic horticulture project. Each week, around 30 asylum seekers and refugees from across Greater Manchester come together at their Levenshulme community allotment to learn and share skills, build a supportive community, and create a beautiful and relaxing garden.
We were thrilled to be able to donate bulbs that would help them reach out to the community and transform key areas with some much-needed spring colour.
We chose this entry as one of our favourites because of their positive community spirit and their enthusiasm to include everyone. Asylum seekers are often met with hostility, and one of their propositions was to approach places where members have instead experienced support or welcome, and ‘give back’ by running gardening activities to enhance their green spaces. It is their hope to use this as an opportunity to work directly with other community groups, breaking down barriers and building understanding and connections, through gardening together.
Grey Urban Decay to Fabulous Spring Display
One of our favourite entries came from the Meanwhile Gardens Community Association, who were hoping to improve the lives of locals in their community park.
Their gardens are located in North Kensington nestled between the Grand Union Canal and the famous Trellick Tower. The area offers a beautiful green space, as well as a free skate park and Playhut “Stay & Play” drop in.
Sadly our community was badly affected by the nearby Grenfell tower disaster and for many months the mood was sombre as the tragedy unfolded. The area has been able to offer “Eco Therapy” gardening sessions in partnership with the local NHS Trust for refugees attending their Forced Migration Trauma Service, as some attendees have suffered extreme trauma and PTSD.
They aim to use their donation as part of a Community Bulb Planting Day, inviting the community to get involved. With the help of their small gardening team, including regular volunteers, they aim to put a smile on people’s faces again by interacting with friends and neighbours by planting and enjoying growing their own little bit of paradise.
Full List of Winners
1 Growing Together Levenshulme
2 Meanwhile Gardens Community Association
3 Middle Street Community Gardening group
4 YMCA Wirral
5 South Lincolnshire Blind Society
6 South Kintyre Development Trust
7 Chirnside Field of Hope
8 Chorley in Bloom
9 Glossop Community Allotment
10 Friends of Prescot Cemetery & Churchyard
11 WETRA Community Garden
12 The Conservation Foundation’s Unlocking Nature project
13 Edinburgh Care Home; ‘Inch View’
14 Springbank Road Community Garden
15 Friend of Glen Gardens
16 Floral Friends of Frampton
17 The Camden Society
18 Clem’s Garden CIC
19 Cherwell Wellbeing garden
20 Hall Cliffe Community Garden
21 Lochend Community Growing Project
22 Ryde community garden
23 Marple garden
24 Fruitful Abundance
25 St Barnabas Hospice
26 Tayport Community garden
27 Friends of Hermitage Park
28 Bordesley Green
29 Birkby Community Wildlife Garden
30 The Barge Memorial Garden