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Camden News - by SARA NEWMAN
Published: 17 July 2008

Don Hibbs, Danny Anschel, Michelle Greengrass with baby Ellie,
12 weeks, and Dee Whelam with baby Erin, 1, on Willes Road
Green fingered folk honoured at Town Hall

SALUBRIOUS Begonias and towering red flamingo Acers adorned the council chamber on Tuesday to mark a record-breaking Camden in Bloom.
More people than ever applied to take part in the competition for their chance to take home vouchers and nest boxes with cameras inside, which were presented by Camden’s Mayor Nurul Islam and donated by Camden Garden Centre.
After a day at school, toddlers perched on the leather-upholstered seating in the borough’s centre of decision-making as council officials spoke in hushed tones about the splendour of Camden’s horticulture.
Following months of controversy surrounding the finances of Highgate’s William Ellis School in Highgate Road, teachers could barely conceal their jubilance, roaring in triumph at winning a prize, cup and nest for presenting a colourful display at the entrance of their school.
Holy Trinity and St Silas School in Hartland Road, Camden Town, was praised for making smoothies from the fruits grown in their gardens, winning first prize in the “school involving young people” category.
South Camden Community School’s science garden was also a winner with the judges for managing to combine their curriculum studies with the green-fingered extra-curricular pursuit.
Hampstead’s Rainbow Montessori junior school in Woodchurch Road was commended for its illustrious school grounds.
Best young gardener, 12-year-old May Kurata of Parliament Hill School, says she first took an interest in
gardening as a toddler helping her grandfather grow tomatoes.
She said: “It’s when all that hard work comes to life – that’s why I love gardening.”
In the evening Francesco Izzo’s
independently run South End Green and Mansfield Allotment was also honoured.
Roger Barrable, who lives in a corner house in Rosecroft Avenue
on the steep inclines
of Frognal, came first
in the front garden category.
Lib Dem Councillor for culture, Flick Rea said she was “most cheered” by the communal efforts by applicants in the best street category, won by residents of Willes Road. She said: “When you live in an urban area a lot of people don’t have gardens. It’s such a joy to see the people that do have gardens sharing the lightning of spirit of seeing green things grow.”

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