Borough in Bloom Winners Announced
Phoenix High School scoops two awards
Phoenix High's farm has been named best vegetable garden and best community garden in the Borough in Bloom awards.
The school's vegetable patch was started two years ago with the help of Phoenix facilities director Garry McMillan, family learning and farm co-ordinator Marcia Clack and Hammersmith Community Gardens Association gardens manager Annette Birch.
"Everybody is really proud of their work here and it's fantastic to get some recognition, both for the students and for the volunteers," said Birch.
About 30 secondary school students regularly tend the patch, as well as children from nearby primary schools and community volunteers.
Phoenix Farm won the awards just after its second annual Harvest Festival, when farm was opened to local residents , who were offered free food made with produce grown in the patch.
Garden organisers also run a White City Food Co-op event each Friday from 10am to noon where residents can buy fresh vegetables from the garden.
There were ten different categories in this year’s Borough in Bloom competition, ranging from business premises to roof terrace and front garden.
Back Garden - Melville Trimble, Rylett Road
Public House - Lee Dzbenski, Dartmouth Castle, Glenthorne Road
Senior Citizen - Ben Glazebrook, Ongar Road
Business Premises - Mike Batie, Hurlingham Club
8 October 2009