Gardening Against the Odds entries

A ravishing display of potted flowers in a Notting Hill street, a community oasis in Haringey and a ”therapeutic” organic market garden for disadvantaged people are among the entries coming in for this year’s Sunday Telegraph Life Gardening Against the Odds awards.

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Prescila Bisa’s colourful display near Portobello Market delights neighbours and tourists alike. Despite undergoing an operation for breast cancer and radiotherapy, Prescila helps three other neighbours with their gardens. “I would like to encourage people to keep planting in every space we can. We can have a greener London and a beautiful neighbourhood,” she says.

On the other side of the capital in Haringey, a derelict site next to the railway line was a magnet for vandalism, rubbish dumping and prostitution. Now the Gardens Community Garden at Doncaster Gardens features tree ferns, perennials, shrubs, mosaic and willow sculptures. It is nominated for an award by Andrew Newman, who says the garden provides a safe and secure area for local activities such Easter Egg Hunts, Carols by Candlelight, christenings and even funerals.

And in Sandwell, a borough of the Black Country, the Salop Drive Market Garden has been nominated for providing gardening therapy for the lonely, bereaved, those with learning disabilities or suffering long-term illness.

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