Eden is a multi-award winning garden
Green Flag Community Award
We are proud to hold our 16th 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 are also proud to hold our eighth
‘London in Bloom’ award, having first attained the ‘thriving’ level in 2011. For the last two years, we have achieved the top grade and are looking to maintain our place in the ‘outstanding’ category in 2021.
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.
This award recognises Eden’s efforts in improving the local environment for the benefit of those who live and work nearby.
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…..”
London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend
In 2008 we participated in London’s Open Garden Squares 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 the summer of 2016 we were asked by the RHS to take part in a pilot study, Silent Space. We reserved an area in the upper part of the garden for several hours during the weekend for two weeks and were able to offer positive feedback.