bestowed upon Eden Nature Garden
We are proud to hold our 18th Green Pennant, awarded in June every year. The Green Flag Community Award is given to successful public spaces run by volunteers and members of the community. They recognise a space that is welcoming, safe, well maintained, clean, environmentally sustainable, promoting biodiversity and involving the local community.
London in Bloom
We have received our ninth ‘London in Bloom’ award, having first attained the ‘thriving’ level in 2011. For the last three years, we have achieved the top grade and are looking to maintain our place in the ‘outstanding’ category in 2023.
London in Bloom is run by the Royal Horticultural Society as part of its Britain in Bloom campaign and is a non-competitive award scheme for small local communities who are making a difference locally. It aims to increase the biodiversity of Greater London and build stronger and more vibrant neighbourhoods through community gardening projects.
In 2022, the judges said, 'Eden Garden is a perfect little paradise for wildlife and people. Its Instagram account advertises 'a slice of the countryside in the heart of Clapham' which is apt, but doesn't do full justice to the intense planting and layout Head Gardener Benny has organised here to make the best of challenging dry soil under very large trees, and provide a nonstop buffet for a series of bees, hoverflies, moths and butterflies.'
Incredible Edible Lambeth
In November 2022 we won a Blooming Lambeth Award and came first in the Best Space for Encouraging Wildlife category.
London Open Gardens Weekend
In 2008 we participated in London’s Open Garden Weekend and welcomed visitors from far and wide into Eden over one weekend in June. We were actively involved in the scheme for the following ten years until the parameters were changed to allow access only to gardens which were closed for the rest of the year.
In 2012, our then gardener, Stephen Barney, was appointed as a Lambeth Champion.
A Lambeth Champion is someone who has gone that extra mile to help out in their local community. In Stephen’s case, he was …”recognised for transforming the area alongside Matrimony place into a local treasure… a beautiful, vibrant garden with oak seats, raised beds, pond and bee hives. It is used all day now by children coming to and from school or having birthday parties, community parties and by volunteers growing their own vegetables…..”
Eden has played a key role in helping St Paul's Clapham to achieve its two Eco Church awards - bronze in 2020 and silver in 2021 - in the category sustainable management of church land. This includes having a water source for animals and creating habitat for wildlife.