Hackney woman wins Garden Organics award for innovative edible roof garden

Nathalie Mady in the rooftop garden she made

Nathalie Mady in the rooftop garden she made - Credit: Archant

A Hackney woman has won an award for the organic edible roof garden and gardening club she set up in on top of her employer’s office.

Nathalie Mady from Morning Lane scooped the Innovation and Social Media Award at a conference for Garden Organics.

She is one of 215 volunteer master composters, master gardeners, seed stewards and other likeminded volunteers who get involved with the national charity for organic growing which is based in Ryton Gardens, Coventry.

set up the club for employees to get involved in maintaining

Ms Mady, who gives gardening advice at local projects like the Cordwainers Community Garden in Mare Street, said being a “master gardener” gives her an excuse to talk to people about food growing all the time.

I think that understanding where our food comes from is very important and it’s great to be able to encourage and support those who are curious to learn more and give it a go,” she said.

“Winning the award for the edible terrace garden means a lot to me, because we were up against all the odds trying to grow food three storeys up in the centre of London.

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“It just goes to show what you can achieve when you have a group of keen volunteers and a little bit of creativity.”