The MPGA's 'LONDON SPADE AWARD' is made annually at the Association's AGM, to which the Mayors of all the London Boroughs are invited, together with representatives of many organisations with whom the MPGA are associated.
The Award is often given to the promoters of individual projects, who have created, restored or enhanced a park or garden, thus improving the quality of life dramatically for those using it. However, it is sometimes granted to individuals who have rendered great service to London's open spaces, such as in 2002. Generally the winning scheme provides a high level of involvement for the local community, as well as showing ingenuity in sourcing potential funding.
Here are the London Spade Award winners of recent years:
- 2015 Bankside Open Spaces Trust for their work in maintaining and improving North Southwark's green spaces.
- 2014 Anne Holmanof London in Bloom for her great services to London's open spaces.
- 2013 Rookery Centenary Committee, to celebrate 2013 centenary and restoration of Rookery Garden in Streatham
- 2012 Joyce Bellamy MBE for her contribution to London's open spaces and 25 years as Secretary of the MPGA.
- 2011 Roots and Shoots for excellence in the provision of horticultural and environmental education.
- 2010 Kenwyn Pearson FIHortDipHortKew for his outstanding services to horticulture and horticultural training.
- 2009 Roger Payton for his outstanding contribution to the MPGA for over 20 years, inc. 17 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees
- 2008 The University of London for the renovation of Gordon and Woburn Squares and extension of access to the public
- 2007 The Honourable Societies of the Inner and Middle Temple for their efforts in enhancing their gardens and increasing accessibility
- 2006 London Borough of Lewisham with the Telegraph Hill Association for the restoration of Telegraph Hill, Lewisham
- 2005 London Borough of Lambeth and the Streatham Society for the restoration of Streatham Green
- 2004 London Borough of Hillingdon for the creation of Lake Farm Urban Country Park from derelict land
- 2003 Kings College Maughan Library Garden, City of London, for creation of Contemplative Garden
- 2002 David Jones OBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the City of London parks and gardens
- 2001 Transport for London Street Management, for tree planting along London's Red Routes
- 2000 Christchurch Garden, Blackfriars Road, Southwark for restoration led by Bankside Restoration Trust
The renovation of Christchurch Garden, Southwark
The restoration of Telegraph Hill. MPGA President Lord Birkett (right) presenting the London Spade Award
The Inner Temple Garden