Sustainable City Award for the Community Greenhouses

Local charity, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses are the overall winners of this year’s Sustainable City Awards, as well as the winners of the Health and Wellbeing Category. 

The Awards, run by the London Sustainability Exchange and funded by the City of London Corporation recognise organisations in London that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development and best practice in environmental management. 

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses (BPCG) is a community garden in the centre of Brockwell Park (between the tennis courts and the walled garden. The charity’s beautiful, large site includes an orchard, a series of demonstration gardens, a walled herb garden and two commercial-sized greenhouses. 

Kate Sebag, BPCG’s director said “We are absolutely delighted to have had this recognition from The City of London of the beneficial impact of our work both for people and for the environment.”

BPCG we aim to help people grow through learning, and learn through growing.  The gardens run a drop in garden volunteering scheme, school visits, community events and workshops.  “At BPCG” says Kate “we want people to appreciate the great outdoors! To learn about organic gardening, wildlife, growing food  and enjoying community. And it’s for all ages, young and old.”

On Monday to Wednesday, and on alternate Saturdays, BPCG hold booked nature based education and play sessions for children. Then Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, the gardens are open to the public to visit and for drop-in garden volunteering.

Samantha Heath, Chief Executive of London Sustainability Exchange commented:

“Congratulations to all those who entered and the 46 applicants who were shortlisted in the various categories. It is great to see so many organisations creating such innovative projects.

“I think we have definitely found that the overall winner, an organisation which has put sustainability at the heart of all that they do, is helping other organisations make sustainability equally central to their work. Congratulations to Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, a well-deserved win.”

The City of London Corporation aims to encourage, support and celebrate responsible City businesses, residents and workers to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.

It encourages through leading by example with responsible business practices and with CoLC’s charity-funder The City Bridge Trust, London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

The City Corporation supports businesses to recruit inclusively, procure responsibly, and encourage employee volunteering, including through the Heart of the City network and through City Philanthropy which aims to encourage a new generation of city workers to give their money, time and talent.

Established in 2001, the national green business awards scheme attracts applications from SMEs and charities to multi-national banks and corporations. For the past 15 years, the Sustainable City Awards has led the way in terms of rewarding the most sustainable practices and business behaviour.

 

Photographs attached of awards and of BPCG

Award photo: (Left to Right,, Kate Sebag from BPCG, Shirley Rodrigues Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Energy, Ursula Allen from BPCG and Samantha Heath, Chief Executive of the London Sustainability Exchange. 

BPCG Volunteer with Sunflower is Jimmy

Further available on request to director@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk

Or Kate on 07834 343664