Support for National Gardening Week
RHS Vice President, Alan Titchmarsh, who supports the campaign, says: “This week is about highlighting the importance of gardeners and gardening. I hope that all areas of the gardening world, from industry and horticultural colleges to charities and gardeners, embrace the opportunity and use it to promote the importance and joy of growing plants. It’s also a chance to get the nation to consider just what part growing things can play in society.”
Chris Beardshaw, gold medal winning designer:
"There is global acceptance that the UK has some of the most skilled and experienced gardeners in the world and, for me, this is based on a tradition of not just celebrating our gardens but a desire to pass on our knowledge.
"None of us want to see our gardening heritage under threat so taking part in the National Gardening Week is a great way to celebrate, learn and pass your knowledge on. Just think - in just one week you or someone you know could start a lifelong passion."
Chris Collins, Blue Peter Gardener:
"What is there to gain from gardening? To work a plot, there is some maths to measure. To design is art. To take care of plants is science. To work in the garden is exercise and, maybe most importantly, we learn team work. We’re all gardeners at heart."
Andrew Maxted, Director of Marketing and Communications, HTA:
“National Gardening Week gives the gardening industry an ideal opportunity to highlight the attraction of gardening when we know that media and public interest in gardens is at its strongest. Gardening is enjoyed by more than 20 million Britons, and this will help the industry encourage more to join them.”