Chiswick Flower Market Highly Commended in National Competition
Judges considered it to 'have gone the extra mile'
The Chiswick Flower Market has been highly commended in the annual Great British Market Awards.
The judges said that it gave certificates of commendation to a number of markets across the country who only just failed to secure a national award after a difficult decision for the panel.
The 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
Britain’s’ Favourite Market for 2022 is Bury Market, a large indoor and outdoor market with some 300 stalls.
The awards were presented by Simon Baynes MP for Clwyd South and Chairman of the All-Party Markets Parliamentary Group.
Chiswick Flower Market was the newest amongst all the prize winners and commended markets, many of which have been in existence for centuries.
David Preston, Chief Executive of NABMA, said, “Arguably the 2022 awards have presented the most difficulties for any of our judging panels over the years. There have been so many nominations highlighting the amazing contributions that markets and markets people make in towns and cities. In recognition of some markets, that just failed to secure one of the national awards, the panel has agreed to award a number of highly commended certificates. These are presented to markets that NABMA consider play outstanding roles in their local communities and have demonstrated innovation, commitment and gone that extra mile to deliver a quality markets service.”
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.”
The Chiswick Flower Market takes place on the first Sunday of every month, 9am- 3:30pm, on Old Market Place, Chiswick High Road, W4 2DR and attracts visitors from west and central London. There are around 30-40 stalls selling everything horticultural from cut flowers, to house plants, bedding, pots, grow-your-own. Traders vary from Gold Medal Chelsea winners to long-standing Columbia Road traders from east London, from long-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 residents in support of their High Road.
February 25, 2022