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EV and neighbours win Southwark In Bloom awards

London SE1 website team

EV Restaurant has won a silver gilt award for its much admired outdoor plants and flowers in the forecourt behind Southwark Station.

EV in Isabella Street
Christ Church
Christ Church Garden

The Turkish delicatessen, bakery and restaurant, all part of the local Tas chain, opened in 2005 and soon gained admiration for transforming Isabella Street into a green corner. Alongside is now one of Rosie Boycott's experimental Capital Growth vegetable gardens on the edge of Styles House which wins a silver gilt for 'Best Housing Estate'.

Other silver gilt winners in the 'Pub or Restaurant' category include The Barrow Boy & Banker at London Bridge, Cantina del Ponte and the Dean Swift on Butler's Wharf and The Shipwright Arms in Tooley Street.

"Green spaces of all sizes are particularly important in an inner-city borough like Southwark, so that's why it's great to see such great examples of locals making the most of them," said Cllr Paul Kyriacou, Southwark Council's executive member for environment and transport.

"The judges had a tough time deciding on the winners this year as the field was so strong and I'd like to congratulate not just the winners but all the entrants for making Southwark look fantastic."

Perronet House, home of the award-winning guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds at the Elephant & Castle, gains silver gilt status.

Silver gilt school winners are Charles Dickens Primary School, St Joseph's School and Snowsfields Primary School.

Christ Church Garden in Blackfriars Road, managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust, won a silver award as one of ten 'Best Wildlife Friendly Gardens'.

BOST also gained a silver gilt for Red Cross Garden and Tate Modern Community Garden.

Silver gilt community winners include the floating Barge Gardens at the end of Mill Street.

Nelson Square gained a silver gilt for Helen Gladstone House and a silver for "back of Applegarth House".

All Hallows Garden in Copperfield Street, due to be preserved under current redevelopment plans, has won a bronze award.

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