Mass tree planting launch for RHS Britain in Bloom
29 March 2011
More than 84,000 native tree saplings, donated by the Woodland Trust, have been planted by 320 communities across the UK to launch this year's RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.
Supported by Anglian Home Improvements, RHS Britain in Bloom involves more than 210,000 volunteers in over 2,100 communities.
The campaign’s national launch took place at the Redman, Lant and Bittern estates in Borough, London, where residents rolled up their sleeves and planted their tree saplings within a wildlife hedge.
Helen John from Bankside Open Spaces Trust, who organised the event with the local tenants' and residents' association (Redman, Lant and Bittern TRA), said: "We are also starting to build a food garden on site to help people from Bankside to grow their own as part of our larger food-growing project based in SE1.”
Martin Troughton, from Anglian Home Improvements, says: “This is a fantastic start. So many people are involved in the launch and this is reflective of the passion we all share for the environment and the communities we all live in.”
“Many communities benefit from participation in ‘RHS Britain in Bloom’, says Stephanie Eynon, RHS Community Horticulture Manager. “This launch is a great example of what the campaign is all about - local people getting involved and making a genuine difference in their community.”
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If you missed the chance to apply for trees this spring, you can make an application now for another tree pack this autumn. The Woodland Trust has 1,000 packs to give away and each one will contain a royal sapling to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Apply now for delivery in autumn 2011 or spring 2012.