The Lush Spring Prize 2017

A £200,000 prize fund and other support activities, to help projects around the world that are working towards environmental and social regeneration.


Prize Awards 2017

There are 11 winners in 4 different prize categories: from the Ideas stage, through to Young and Established organisations, and for Campaigning.

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Think of the earth as a whole; all its natural processes, all its diversity, all its wealth. Think of the role of humans on the planet; how we treat each other, and how we treat the planet. How could we do better?

People all over the world are developing ways to live in harmony with nature and each other. They are generating renewable resources, restoring ecosystems, nurturing solidarity and making societies stronger.

The Lush Spring Prize is here to support this regeneration movement through:

  • an annual £200,000 prize fund, open to individuals, communities, and organisations from the earliest ideas stage of a project, through to established organisations, and campaign groups
  • a high-profile annual conference, bringing people together to share their skills and experiences, and raising awareness of regeneration and its potential

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The Prizes

The prize is for organisations that are trying to work in harmony with nature to revive damaged social and natural environments; which could benefit from some extra money or support, and want to share what they are doing with similar organisations around the world.

There are 11 winners of the 2017 Prize, from 10 different countries.

We received over 450 nominations, and 52 projects and organisations were short-listed.

Photo: seed pod Seeds at the Drylands Natural Resource Centre, Kenya (Steph Newton)

Intentional Projects: 5 winners

For great new ideas and projects up to 1 year old, to help them get a good start and solid foundation through knowledge sharing.

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Photo: Fayez Aquaponics Palestine Fayez Taneeb showing the aquaponic system at Hakoritna Farm, Tulkarem, Palestine (Steph Newton)

Young Projects: 3 winners

For projects or organisations that are 1-5 years old, to help them to expand or develop their work in improving ecological and social systems.

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Photo: Pick-up truck Ghana Permaculture Institute (Steph Newton)

Established Projects: 2 winners

For projects or organisations that have worked successfully for more than 5 years, to help spread the word and inspire more people.

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Photo: Sombai India Sombai taking photos of her farm, supported by Aranya Permaculture India in Utnoor (Tanvi Somani)

Influence Award: 1 winner

To support organisations that are campaigning or lobbying to influence policy, regulation or public opinion in support of regeneration.

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