Contest seeks design inspiration

Plans to green one of the world’s most famous piazzas will be influenced by the winners of a competition to find the best horticultural hotspots, from window boxes to roof gardens.

London’s Green Corners’ awards form the forerunner of the scheme to plant up Covent Garden in London. It celebrates the 25th anniversary of Conservation Foundation charity and is co-run by Capco, which owns the piazza. “We are expecting hundreds of entries, from windows boxes to roof gardens,” said Conservation Foundation project manager Lindsay Swan. “The winners will help plan landscape features around the piazza. Anyone can enter but the garden must be visible to the public, so a secluded private garden seen only by the owner would not be eligible.” David Shreeve, who founded the foundation with David Bellamy, said: “We are looking for the charming and picturesque but also the surprising and unexpected — plantings that break new ground and inspire others to do the same.” Around 100 winners will be chosen. Entrants so far include a 91-year-old resident of Kensington and Eric Taylor, a former Kew and Chelsea Physic Garden horticulturist. * The deadline for entries is 24 August. For further details, visit

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