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Waving the green flag

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The Market Hall is awarded the Green Flag Community Award

The glass fronted Market Hall is now firmly part of the Borough Market furniture, playing host to various community events throughout the year, as well as being home to our demonstration kitchen and a variety of plants. Its modern structure has been designed to maximise horticultural potential, with vertical planters, trailing hops and moveable seating, and visitors can often be found taking a seat and devouring whatever Market treat they’ve bought from one of our traders.

This unique public green space has now won the Green Flag Community Award, a national award that recognises high quality green spaces in the UK that are managed by voluntary and community groups. The award is part of the Green Flag Award scheme, the national standard for quality parks and green spaces.

Iain Boulton, environmental compliance officer and judge for the awards, said that the space was “a real revelation!” and “a good example of how a relatively constrained site can be exploited to be interesting, educational and sustainable.”

Commendable innovation
The Borough Market team have worked hard to ensure this relatively small, urban space delivers everything one would expect from a community garden, which was also recognised in the feedback given by the judges. “Staff and management have shown commendable innovation and creativity in maximising the space for horticulture and biodiversity, and in linking this to both the growing/consumption of food and the local area’s rich market gardening and trading history.”

Donald Hyslop, chair of Borough Market Trustees, said: “Our city garden in the Market Hall is now well established within the community offering visitors a place to sit, eat, relax and chat. It’s also a great place to discover more about the Market and the food it sells. It is a place of exploration, where shoppers can experience seasonal produce and special events. We are delighted that this community space has been recognised in this way.”

Veronica Perez Diaz, community gardener said: “Our aim is to offer the public, a place to enjoy a lush an innovative green space, maintained to the highest environmental and sustainability standards, using ecological pest control methods, peat free soil and sustainable materials whenever possible, making the Market Hall a valuable space for people and nature. It fills myself and the team with great joy that we the Market Hall has been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the UK.”