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LUSH Spring Prize 2023 opens for applications

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

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 now open for applications and is here to support these regeneration movements.

The prize offers the following:


  • 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.

The LUSH Spring prize is also 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.


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 and entries close at 10:00 GMT on 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.


Prize Categories

The 2023 Lush Spring Prize will award at least 11 prizes across 4 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: 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.
Young Award: 3 prizes
For projects or organisations that are 1-5 years old, to help develop their environmental and social regeneration work.
Established Award: 2 prizes
For organisations that have worked towards regeneration for 5+ years, to help share knowledge and inspire more people and ideas.
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.
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 £10,000, provided by Permaculture Magazine.


Collaborative prizes

Be The Earth Foundation and the 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.

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Byron Adonis Mutingwende