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Octavia Hill Centenary Flower and Vegetable Show at Red Cross Garden

An old local tradition was revived on Friday when Red Cross Garden hosted the Octavia Hill Centenary Flower and Vegetable Show.

Red Cross Garden
Octavia Hill Centenary Flower and Vegetable Show at Red Cross Garden
This display won the unusual vegetable category which was judged by Southwark Council leader Peter John
Octavia Hill Centenary Flower and Vegetable Show at Red Cross Garden
Octavia Hill Centenary Flower and Vegetable Show at Red Cross Garden
BOST director Helen Firminger and Southwark Mayor Althea Smith with some of the members of the judging panel
Octavia Hill Centenary Flower and Vegetable Show at Red Cross Garden
'Octavia Hill' and 'John Ruskin' both addressed the crowds at the show
Octavia Hill Centenary Flower and Vegetable Show at Red Cross Garden
A poster for the 1897 Southwark Flower Show which provided the inspiration for the 2012 event

The event was organised by Bankside Open Spaces Trust to commemorate the centenary of the death of social reformer Octavia Hill who not only founded Red Cross Garden but established an annual Southwark Flower Show for local residents.

Redcross Way was closed to traffic and filled with stalls and attractions as locals enjoyed the autumn sunshine.

Locally grown flowers and vegetables – and produce made from local ingredients – were judged by a panel which included the Mayor of Southwark Cllr Althea Smith, council leader Peter John and representatives of Borough Market, the Borough Belles Women's Institute and the National Trust.

Prizes were awarded to a range of local residents including children from Johanna Primary, Oasis Academy Waterloo.

• A special service to mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill will be held at Southwark Cathedral on Monday 8 October. The preacher will be Canon Giles Fraser, priest-in-charge of St Mary Newington.

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