In 2017 Abundance London decided to create an award for the person or group that had done most to improve or create an unofficial garden around the Chiswick area.
“Guerrilla gardening” includes tree pits, small dilapidated areas, and also gardens where the local community has asked permission from the council or landowner and taken responsibility to create something of worth – beautiful and biodiverse, that could create pleasure for passersby and maybe a tiny habitat for wildlife.
This year’s awards are sponsored by the author Polly Devlin OBE, who also presented the awards at the Turnham Green Terrace festival yesterday, 15th September.
Devonshire Road tree pits, outside Pet Shop
Alan looks after these flower beds beautifully and they make a huge difference to the street by his shop.
Library beds, raised beds at Chiswick Library
Gill Harding looks after the beds outside the library, filling them with beans, herbs and rhubarb and making the area a very pleasant place to pass or to sit
Flower bed corner at Sutton Court Road, near the railway bridge
Steve Nutt has been looking after the tree pit outside his house for several years, but over the last year has expanded to the other side of the road, under the curve of the railway bridge and created a little garden there, full of poppies, plum trees and bee friendly planting.