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We aren’t quite sure how we are going to ‘hand over’ the prize just yet, but details will follow.Once again, our congratulations go to Joshua Goh Ngee Chae on his success, and we wish him the best of luck with the rest of his studies.
Andrew Lees was the Campaigns Director for Friends of the Earth and a leading environmental campaigner on a range of issues from water pollution to illegal waste dumping.
He died suddenly in 1994 while on a working holiday in Madagascar campaigning against a large opencast mine. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Andrew Lees essay prize 2019 is Ryan Ross.
It is a very well reasoned, scholarly but importantly too, very readable piece of work.
From the submission abstract: “Garden historians have traditionally focused upon the great landscaped gardens of the elite along with publicly-run parks and botanic gardens.
“Based upon the kitchen gardens cultivated by Malay villagers during the pre-colonial era as a supplementary food source, the ‘Kampong Garden’ was first appropriated by Malay nationalists in early twentieth century Singapore as a site of memory for that ethnic group’s imagined rural past.
With the large-scale resettlement of Singapore’s kampong villages during the post-independence era, the ‘Kampong Garden’ gradually became a much less ethnically specific gardening tradition as former kampong-dwellers of all races seek to relive their rural nostalgia by recreating this space.This is especially so in the context of Singapore where the existence of indigenous gardening traditions has been obscured by the traditional scholarly focus on public parks.In this paper, I present a brief genealogy of one such indigenous gardening tradition in Singapore, the ‘Kampong Garden’.It seems a fitting memorial to such an inspirational woman, who did so much to build the discipline of garden history through her various roles in the garden history field.Winner: Ruth Oakley One gigantic gallery: Land Art in Australia. 11th GHS Essay Prize 2015 Winner: Josepha Richard Uncovering the Garden of the Richest Man on Earth in Nineteenth Century Guangzhou: Howqua’s Garden in Henan China. Highly Commended: Melanie Veasey The Richest Form of Outdoor Furniture: The Open Air Exhibition of Sculpture at Battersea Park, 1948. 10th Annual GHS Essay Prize 2014 Winner: Karen Fitzsimon Order In the Landscape: Rediscovering Preben Jakobsen.Samuel is a Cambridge graduate (BA, MA) who spent five years working in communications, largely consulting for sustainability focussed international NGOs and non-profits in Geneva.He went on to study at the University of Law, where he enrolled on both the GDL and A4ID’s “Law for Development” course.This has resulted in the neglect of the potentially rich field of popular gardening.While gardens created by ordinary citizens are undeniably underwhelming both in terms of scale and grandeur, these spaces provide an invaluable lens into the development of a nation’s gardening culture and social history.He has previously worked as Legal Assistant for an environmental NGO in Austria and won the ELSA Moot’s Best Orator prize arguing about pollution from gold mining in the European Court of Human Rights.He will be starting a paralegal post at Mishcon de Reya in July before he commences pupillage with Three Raymond Buildings in 2018.