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GARDENING AGAINST THE ODDS AWARDS
The power of gardens and gardening to
transform lives for the better, build friendships and reduce
isolation was there for all to see at the Gardening Against The
Odds Awards, which were presented on Thursday 4 April in the Great
Conservatory at Syon Park.
Alan Titchmarsh was the guest speaker and the
overall winner, Sajeda Kadir, received her award from the Duchess
of Northumberland, creator of the famous Alnwick Garden.
Sajeda, who came to London as a teenager from
Bangladesh, has turned a disused adventure playground on a Camden
housing estate into a gloriously productive vegetable garden for
the community pot. She was nominated by Groundwork
In memory of the writer Elspeth
Thompson, the annual awards, which are organised by The
Conservation Foundation in association with The Sunday Telegraph,
celebrate those who garden in the face of physical, psychological
or environmental ‘odds’, creating beauty for others to enjoy. The
judges, who include world famous conservationist David Bellamy,
actress Susan Hampshire and leading gardening personalities,
commended Sajeda’s skill in transforming a derelict spot into a
productive garden, while caring for two children with
Other Londoners being recognised included the
gardeners of St Mungo’s Putting Down Roots project at St John’s
Church Waterloo, who received the joint runners-up award from the
Rt Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle and the Church of
England’s lead bishop on healthcare. George Dunnion and Serge
Charles, who made a spectacular rose garden out of two overgrown
north London allotments and Mak Gilchrist and Will Sandy, creators
of the Edible Bus Stop, were presented with Awards of Merit.
Gardeners travelled from other parts of the UK
to receive their awards. They were joined by last year’s winners,
the 25 gardeners from Southend’s Huntington’s Disease Association,
whose allotment is now a place of happiness for those who, in the
past, rarely left their homes.
The ceremony also saw the launch of Gardeners
Against The Odds, a new programme led by The Conservation
Foundation which will involve other organisations in the field of
therapeutic gardening and include help and practical support to
those who want to garden against the odds.
Award winners, their nominators and guests
also had the opportunity of a guided tour of Syon’s celebrated
gardens by the Duchess of Northumberland and head gardener Topher
Martyn. Syon is the London home of the Duke and Duchess of
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For further information please contact Lindsay Swan at The
Conservation Foundation on 020 7591 3111; email@example.com
More details at http://www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/