Chiswick Flower Market has been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate at the national Great British Market Awards.
Winners were announced at the February conference of the National Association for British Market Authorities (NABMA) in Birmingham. NABMA has been ‘the national voice for markets’ for over 100 years.
Chiswick Flower Market, the newest amongst all the prizewinners and commended markets, was presented with a Highly Commended certificate by Simon Baynes, the MP or Clwyd South and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Markets Group.
Many of the entrants have been in existence for centuries. The overall winner, Britain’s Favourite Market for 2022 was Bury Market, a large indoor and outdoor market with more than 350 stalls.
The flower market takes place on the first Sunday of every month between 9.00am and 3.30pm, on Old Market Place, Chiswick High Road, and attracts thousands of visitors from west and central London.
There are around 30-40 stalls selling everything horticultural from cut flowers, to house plants, bedding plants and pots. Traders vary from Gold Medal Chelsea winners Hardy’s, long-standing Columbia Road traders from east London and established nurseries on the outskirts of London to new local start-ups.
It has a ‘strong sustainability ethos’ with free local cargo bike delivery and recently launched a flower pot recycling scheme. It is run as a Community Interest Company by local volunteers in support of their High Road.
Images above: Chiswick Flower Market
‘Really proud’ say Flower Market organisers
President of NABMA Councillor Mick Barker said:
“It is heartening to see passion and enthusiasm for markets across the country.”
Kathleen Mitra, one of the directors of the Chiswick Flower Market team, said:
“We are really proud to have been acknowledged by this national organisation so early on in our steep learning curve. We look forward to growing the market and welcoming lots more visitors to Chiswick to get some lovely flowers and plants.”
Leader of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Steve Curran said:
“We were delighted to be able to support the market from its conception. It’s been a fantastic success for Chiswick and the borough. Well done to all involved.”
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