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:

  • 2020   In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the LONDON SPADE AWARD, the award was presented to two worthy recipients:
    Deptford Folk, led by Trina Lynskey, for the improvement, preservation and protection of Deptford's Parks
    Tony Leach for his outstanding contribution to London's green spaces
  • 2019   Paul Rochford for his support of the MPGA and London's green spaces
  • 2018   Garden Museum for their successful redevelopment
  • 2017   Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach for their generosity and continuing support of the Bulbs for London initiative
  • 2016   Flowers in the City
  • 2015    Bankside Open Spaces Trust for their work in maintaining and improving North Southwark's green spaces.
  • 2014    Anne Holman of 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

Christchurch Garden, Southwark

The renovation of Christchurch Garden, Southwark
Telegraph Hill

The restoration of Telegraph Hill. MPGA President Lord Birkett (right) presenting the London Spade Award
Middle Temple

The Inner Temple Garden