Britain in Bloom 2014 launch
Growing for Gold – 50 Years of Britain in Bloom!
To launch the 2014 RHS Britain in Bloom campaign and to celebrate Bloom’s golden anniversary, the RHS is encouraging community groups across the UK to plant golden pollinator-friendly flowers in public spaces this year.
The RHS is providing over 500,000 golden sunflower seeds to Britain in Bloom community groups across the UK to plant in their neighbourhoods.
When and where
We hope that groups will get involved by holding ‘Growing for Gold’ planting events between 14 – 20 April 2014, to coincide with the national launch activity for RHS Britain in Bloom.
Add your events to the National Gardening Week website to promote your work to thousands of potential new volunteers.
We hope that groups will sow their golden displays in a public space(s) where the local community can enjoy them. Please ensure that you have permission from whoever owns the land before planting.
Apply for seeds
Please note: Applications for seeds are now closed. Seeds will be sent out in late March and should be with you by 4 April 2014.One seed pack is available per group.
To qualify for free seeds your group must be registered for your region's 2014 Bloom or It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) campaign; or, if you’re an RHS Affiliated Society, your group must have renewed your membership for 2014/ 15.
If you are not already involved in any of these campaigns but would like to find out more, please contact the Community Horticulture team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 020 7821 3069.
Support and resources
Read advice about growing sunflowers
Find other golden plants that are also Perfect for Pollinators (115kB pdf)
Templates for A3 poster / A4 poster / leaflet
Attract new volunteers by adding your event to the National Gardening Week website: www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk
Find out how to join in with your local group, or sign up your own group to take part in the campaigns.