Bloomin' marvellous! East End is flowering again
BLOOMIN’ marvelous! There’s spring in the air and the election campaigns are finally over. Now householders can get down to the real business of digging up the dirt—in their gardens, that is. They are sprucing up their patches of earth for this year’s Tower Hamlets in Bloom competition.
TOP: James Moneham in Wapping
ABOVE: AlbertShaw on the Isle of Dogs
LEFT:Latif Khwaja in Shadwell
RIGHT: Tending Phoenix School garden in Bow
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By Mike Brooke
BLOOMIN' marvelous! There's spring in the air and the election campaigns are finally over.
- 1 Nine Tower Hamlets secondary schools rated outstanding by Ofsted
- 2 Apsana Begum's ex-husband may be behind housing bids, trial hears
- 3 MP reported ex-husband to police for alleged 'harassment', trial hears
- 4 Man arrested following triple stabbing in Isle of Dogs
- 5 East London road and rail disruptions to travel this weekend
- 6 Appeal after man allegedly 'spits at' woman travelling through Whitechapel, West Ham and Barking
- 7 No arrests after triple stabbing in Isle of Dogs
- 8 'Laughing gas central': Call for action on antisocial behaviour
- 9 Trial of Poplar and Limehouse MP opens on 'housing fraud' charges
- 10 Green light for £1m in levies to be used for East End fire rescue ladder
Now East End householders can get down to the real business of digging up the dirt-in their gardens, that is.
They are sprucing up their patches of earth for this year's 'Tower Hamlets in Bloom' competition.
Town Hall judges last year 'green fingered' 60 green-fingered residents, organisations and schools for awards.
James Monehen was entered into the contest by his neighbours for the communal garden and hanging baskets he looks after at Welsh House in Prusom Street in Wapping, pictured last August when it was being judged in the 2007 contest.
Pensioner Albert Shaw, 76, is preparing his garden in Cubitt Town for this year's judging.
"I'm always in my garden," he says, proudly showing off his waterfall, fishpond and bird feeders.
"I don't have to travel to the countryside to see wildlife. I've got so much of it in my back garden."
Albert's colourful display has picked up many awards in the annual competition.
Back in 1997, when the competition was run at a local level, he won 'best garden' in the Isle of Dogs.
Passionate gardener Latif Khwaja has been entering his garden at his home behind Shadwell's Watney Market for the competition since 1974.
He has even had Prince Charles comment on his lovely blooms during a Royal visit to Tower Hamlets in 1987.
Latif regularly receives 'top marks' for the variety and colour of his flowering displays and is often seen in Bethnal Green's famous Columbia Road flower market buying rare plants.
Pupils at Phoenix Special school in Bow are getting ready to put their green skills to the test again, after last year's success when they entered the contest for the first time and took the 'best school garden' title.
They sow seeds and plant their own vegetables, which gives urban kids the chance to find out where food really comes from, not just the supermarket.
The youngsters have their own food preparation room so they can use their fresh-grown vegetables for school dinners!
Tower Hamlets in Bloom's 10 categories:
- Basket or container display
- Communal residential garden
- Community organisation
- Education establishment
- Front garden
- Garden not seen from road
- Kitchen garden
- Patio, balcony or roof garden
- Pub, restaurant and small business
Keen gardeners for this year's competition being judged in July can register by calling projects officer Sue Blinman direct at the Town Hall on 020-7364 2490, or email: email@example.com