This award recognises the many benefits that high quality community green spaces bring to their neighbourhoods.

About the Best Community Garden or Green Space award

We all have our treasured spaces – those oases of green that help bring us together but also enable us to escape the urban jungle and reconnect with nature. For many community groups protecting, creating or improving the open space in their neighbourhood is the issue that brought them together. For others, these shared spaces provide the settings for a range of events that bring the community together.

Shortlisted Projects 2019

Auchinleck Community Development Initiative (Winner)

Auchinleck Community Development Initiative (ACDI) are the driving force behind a community garden in the heart of a rural ex-coalfield village of Auchinleck.

Allotment Angels Include Me 2 Club

The Allotment Angels project is part of the Include Me 2 Club SCIO – an award-winning volunteer-led Scottish charity working with children, young people and adults who have additional support needs and disabilities.

Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens

Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens is a voluntary community group that was formed in 2012 to restore and preserve Pontefract’s Valley Gardens, an urban green space which had suffered decades of neglect.

Shortlisted Projects 2018

Brickmaker’s Wood (Winner)

Brickmaker’s Wood (BMW) is a 3.5-acre urban community woodland in the centre of Ipswich, Suffolk.  Until 2015 it was unmanaged, being used for illicit actives with decades’ worth of drug related paraphernalia and fly tipped rubbish. Waste has been removed and long-term regeneration is underway.

The Fed

The Fed has been providing social care support since 1867, delivering social care services including: supported housing, mental health support, carers’ breaks, community cafe, groups for children with special needs, social work, residential, nursing and day care, including end of life care.

Oasis Community Centre & Gardens

The Oasis Community Centre & Gardens opened seven years ago with the aim of becoming the hub of community life in an area which had lost its identity as a result of a lack of facilities on the estate and surrounding area.