London’s Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) has won two major awards for community gardening and engaging people with nature.

Photograph: Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Award-winning year for Bankside Open Spaces Trust

The first of these awards, the UK UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Award, Urban Wildlife Award for Excellence 2013, was presented by Alison Milward, chair of the UK Man and Biosphere Forum (UK MAB). It was given, says BOST, in recognition of it having successfully brought people together ‘to create inspirational urban green places that reconnect people and nature in the Bankside area’.

The presentation coincided with the publication of a case study on BOST as an exemplar by the government’s advisory body on nature, Natural England.

BOST has also won an RHS Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood 2013 Certificate of Distinction, an award given for exemplary work in community gardening. BOST has been named ‘Outstanding’ in the competition for the past four years, as well as being named ‘Champion of Champions’, in London in Bloom in 2013.

The awards were presented at BOST’s recent annual Octavia Hill Flower & Vegetable Show, which took place at Redcross Garden, London SE1.

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