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8 forms of capital active hope agroecology agroforestry alder buckthorn Amazon anxiety apples arthritis back yard beans Bec Hellouin beech tree bees beneficial berries biochar biodigester biodiversity blackberries blackthorn book review brain brassica cage budget build building campesino capital card deck Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens christmas circular clay pot cleansers cleansing milks climate change climate emergency climate grief climate solutions climbers climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation container cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology courgettes crafts crisis crop protection Cross Quarter Festival cultural emergence culture cycles degraded design diary diversity DIY do it yourself dryland earth care Earth's energy ecoculture economics ecopoetry ecosystem ecosystem restoration camps ecosystems edges edible edible flowers education efficiency elder elderflowers elements elixir energy equinox ethics face mask fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs film firewood flower essence flowers food food forest food garden footbath forage foraging forest garden forest gardening forests fruit fruit leather fruit trees fungi future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin Give Nature a voice Glennie Kindred global poverty glut grapes greenhouse grief groundcover grow grow food grow your own growing guilds habitat habits handcream harvest harvests hawthorn hazel hazelnut healing shrubs healing trees health healthy soil heart health hedgerow hedging herbal herbal remedies herbal teas herbalist herbs holistic holistic planned grazing home homeless homemade wine homestead hope Hugelkultur humanure hummus hungry gap IBC tanks Imbolc incense increase yields Indigenous inexpensive influence inspiration International Womens Day jam keyline kitchen garden lacto-fermentation Lammas land landscape landscapes life lifestyle limeflowers livelihood livestock living labs logs lotion low cost low-impact Lush Spring Prize macerations Mangwende Orphan Care Trust market garden market gardening marmalade marshmallow mass heater meadowsweet medicinal microbes microfarm mimic mindset mitigation money moringa Mother Earth mulch multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nature connection nitrogen no dig no waste no-dig November nutrition nuts observe oca October off-grid oil cleansing orchard orchards organic organic gardening outdoor shower oven oxymel oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care peoplecare perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre permayouth pesto pests philippines pine tree pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators pollution polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating protection pruning prunings psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainforest rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regeneration regenerative regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter remedy renewable renewable energy resources restoration reuse revolution rhythms rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans sage salad salve Samhain schools Scotland scotts pine seasonal seasons seeds selfcare Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shade sheet mulching shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions sowing spiritual spring squash stacking functions stock-free straw straw bale summer sustainable Sweet Bay syntropic systems temperate terraces thistles thrutopia timber timber framing tincture tonic toolkit tools transformation trees upcycle urban veg garden vegan veganic vermicomposting vinegar walnuts waste water water cleansing watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild edges wild food wild garlic wildflower wildlife wine recipes wings winter winter greens winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms yarrow year-round food yield young people youth zai pits zone 00 zoning

£200,000 for Regenerative Projects Transforming Community and Landscapes

Lush Spring Prize 2023 is open for applications with £200,000 available across 13 prizes. The prize celebrates those repairing the earth’s damaged systems, helping to leave the world Lusher than they found it.

From 1st August 2022  – 19th September 2022, regenerative organisations, community groups, businesses and other projects from around the world can apply to the LUSH Spring Prize 2023. 

Application forms are available to download from the Lush Spring Prize website (www.springprize.org) and entries close at 10:00 GMT 19th September 2022. 

The Prize awards and celebrates those repairing the earth’s damaged systems, helping to leave the world Lusher than they found it. It seeks to increase the capacity of communities and societies to thrive in harmony with nature and each other, building healthy and resilient ecosystems and livelihoods.

The work and stories of shortlisted projects will be published on the Spring Prize website and prize recipients will be invited to a celebratory co-learning event taking place in May 2023.

What is the Lush Spring Prize?

Launched in 2017, the Lush Spring Prize is now in its fifth year of celebrating and awarding prizes to groups working toward eco-social regeneration. It is a joint venture between Lush Cosmetics and Ethical Consumer, and has distributed more than £820,000 to date.

It was set up to support ‘regenerative’ projects – those that go beyond sustainability by taking holistic approaches to building the health of ecology, economy and social systems. 

By supporting regenerative projects, the Spring Prize hopes to raise the profile of the movement as a whole to inspire more individuals, groups, communities, funders and businesses to start engaging with regenerative processes.

People all over the world are developing ways to live in harmony with nature and each other. They are generating renewable resources, restoring ecosystems, and nurturing solidarity. They are bringing life back to damaged land and oceans, and building health, wholeness and resilience. 

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.
Permatil co-founder Ego Lemos (front) with local community, Permatil staff and local officials, planting native trees.

Prize categories

The 2023 Lush Spring Prize will award at least 11 prizes across four different Spring Prize categories: from the Intentional stage, through to Young and Established organisations, and for Influence. Applicants can also be considered for two collaborative prizes: the Ancient and Indigenous Wisdom Award, and the Permaculture Magazine Award. 

Intentional Award: Four prizes

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

Young Award: Three prizes

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

Established Award: Two prizes

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

Influence Award: Two 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.

Ancient and Indigenous Wisdom Award

For indigenous and traditional knowledge-led projects and organisations. Prize recipients share an amount of £10,000, provided by Be The Earth.

Permaculture Magazine Award

For individuals, communities, businesses, groups and organisations that can demonstrate inspirational permaculture work over three years or more. Prize recipients share a prize fund of £15,000, provided by Permaculture Magazine.

Collaborative prizes

Be The Earth Foundation and Permaculture Magazine have partnered with the 2023 Lush Spring Prize to add two collaborative prizes: the Ancient and Indigenous Wisdom Award and the Permaculture Magazine Award.

To be considered for these collaborative prizes, apply to one of the Spring Prize categories (Intentional Award, Young Award, Established Award, Influence Award) and complete the question on “Would you like your application to also be considered for one of the following 2023 collaborative prizes.”  No additional application is required.

The Ancient and Indigenous Wisdom Award and the Permaculture Magazine Award are separately funded and have their own judging panel. For each award, prize recipients share a prize fund of at least £10,000.

For inspiration, prize recipients and shortlisted projects from previous years can be viewed on the Spring Prize website. Videos of prize recipients are also available at vimeo.com/lushspringprize

Nominations

The Lush Spring Prize will also be running a nomination system whereby anyone can nominate a project, organisation or individual that they feel is doing amazing regenerative work. The Spring Prize team will contact all nominated projects and invite them to apply.

The deadline for nominations is 2nd September 2022 10:00 GMT.

Searching for a Lush customer and staff judge

Each prize year, the Spring Prize team welcomes one Lush customer and one Lush staff member onto the Spring Prize judging panel. These people will work with the other Spring Prize judges (who collectively  represent different regenerative movements) to choose prize recipients from a shortlist of around 50 Spring Prize applications. Customers and staff can apply to join the judging panel using this form, between the 1st and 22nd of August. https://bit.ly/springprizejudge23

Further Resources

Books

Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation
by Thomas Henfrey and Gil Penha-Lopes

Articles

Permaculture Magazine Award 2022

£30,000 Permaculture Magazine Prize Celebrates Climate Change Solutions (2019)

About the Author

The Permaculture Magazine team have been publishing books and magazines since 1992.

Their YouTube channel www.youtube.com/PermacultureMagazine shares a range of videos from no dig organic gardening and food forests, to regenerative farming and keeping bees.