Sewing the seeds of love

The community food growing space at Cecil Sharp House in Primrose Hill is the latest entrants to Camden’s horticultural competition – Camden in Bloom. 

The food growing space is called ‘The seeds of love’ and is themed around flowers, plants and herbs that appear in songs, poems and stories.

Cecil Sharp House is the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the food growing area of their garden is used by Transition Primrose Hill who produce food there in return for maintaining other parts of the garden. 

Food from the organic vegetable garden is also served in the Café at Cecil Sharp House.  One of the beds in the garden is being developed as a medicinal specimen area with help from a local herbalist.

Rosie Pagan, Operations director of EFDSS, said:

‘It’s great to see our garden taking shape, it was used for food growing during the Second World War so producing food here again is a real link to the past.  I’m looking forward to finding out the results of the Camden in Bloom competition, and it will be interesting to see what other projects are out there.’

Camden in Bloom is Camden’s annual horticultural competition where residents, schools and businesses can show us how they contribute to making Camden look beautiful, attract birds and insects, and help combat climate change. 

Entries are welcome for balconies, windowbox displays and communal spaces, in addition to more traditional gardens.  The competition is open until 3 June and judges will be taking into account the environmental benefit of gardening as well as the overall appearance.

There are seven individual categories:

Best balcony
Best front garden
Best business entrance
Best community food growing
Best council housing garden:  Camden Town, Gospel Oak, Hampstead, Holborn and Kentish Town.
Best school space
Best community-run garden

Winning entries will be ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd and will be presented with certificates and vouchers to be redeemed from Camden in Bloom sponsor, Camden Garden Centre.  Winners will also be invited to an awards ceremony at the town hall in July

Councillor Tulip Siddiq, Cabinet member for Culture, said

‘We’re expecting a record number of entries to the competition this year, so it’s going to make it harder than ever to find winners.   It’s fantastic that so many residents and businesses really are making Camden bloom. 

Notes for editors

1. Application forms for Camden in Bloom  can be obtained by contacting Karen Hall on 020 7974 8815 or e-mailing Alternatively, application can be made via the website:

2. The Camden in Bloom competition has been running since 2000.

3. The English Folk Dance and Song Society are The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is the national folk arts development organisation for England.  Through programmes of performance, participation and education at its head quarters, Cecil Sharp House in North London, and around England, it seeks to support artists and practitioners and engage people in folk arts activities.

4. Transition Primrose Hill is part of the Transition Towns movement, a fast growing international network inspiring communities to be creative in addressing the problem of climate change.

5.  Photos are available using the link, they show Rosie Pagan of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, watering the herbs and digging the flower beds in the garden at Cecil Sharp House in Primrose Hill.

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