Apply to the 2023 LUSH Spring Prize

A £200,000+ prize fund and other support activities, to build capacity for those repairing the earth’s damaged systems and leaving the world lusher than they found it.

Prize Awards 2023

There are 11 prizes in 4 different prize categories: from the Intentional stage, through to Young and Established organisations, and for Influence. There are also 2 additional collaborative prizes.

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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 building health, wholeness and resilience. They are bringing life back to damaged land and oceans, and reversing silent springs.

The Lush Spring Prize is here to support these regeneration movements through:

  • A biennial £200,000 prize fund. This is open to communities, organisations and businesses from the Intentional stage, through to Young and Established organisations, and Influencers.
  • Events that bring people together to share their skills and experience.
     
  • Publicity to raise awareness of regeneration and its potential to heal damaged systems, , create resilience to crises, and grow abundance.

Find out more about the Prize, its purpose, and who is behind it.

Prize Awards 2023

The LUSH Spring prize is for organisations that are working to revive damaged social and natural environments, and who want to share what they are doing to inspire and inform others.

 
There are four different Spring Prize categories: Intentional, Young, Established and Influence. There are also 2 additional collaborative prizes: The Ancient and Indigenous Wisdom Award and the Permaculture Magazine Award.

The Prize is now open to applications until 19th September 2022 10:00 GMT. A shortlist will be announced in January 2023. Prize recipients will be announced in May 2023.

"Co-herd" project herders take their first carpentry lesson with Tobias Ndlovu under a Rosewood tree on Hwange national park's boundary. Zimbabwe 2017. Photo by Brent Stapelkamp from the Soft Foot Alliance.

Intentional Award: 4 prizes

For great new ideas and projects up to 1 year old, to help build knowledge and a solid foundation from which to grow.

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Gloria Banda (Headteacher at Luwazi Primary School, Nkhata Bay District), receives her Malawi Schools Permaculture Club Teacher Pack for 2017. Photo by Kate Walkom.
 

Young Award: 3 prizes

For projects or organisations that are 1-5 years old, to help develop their environmental and social regeneration work.

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Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) organic compost. Photo by Melissa Schilling.
 

Established Award: 2 prizes

For organisations that have worked towards regeneration for 5+ years, to help share knowledge and inspire more people and ideas.
 

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Peasants from the European Coordination Via Campesina, from 16 countries, demonstrate at a march in Brussels against new genetically modified organisms. Picture taken in front of DG Health - EU Commission, on 17 January 2018.

Influence Award: 2 prizes

For local, national or international organisations and networks that have a core focus on campaigning or lobbying to influence policy, regulation or public opinion in support of regeneration.

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Projects

52 organisations from around the world have been awarded Spring Prizes and more than 200 regenerative projects have been shortlisted for awards.

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Prize Recipient Case Study

Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities

SFHC is a non-profit organization in Malawi working to support smallholder farmers to build healthy, equitable, and resilient communities using farmer-led participatory research, ecological approaches to farming, local indigenous knowledge, and democratic processes.

It was a recipient of the Young Projects award in 2017.

Learn more about them, and how winning the Prize has made a difference to their work.