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Welcoming the White Paper

9 August 2011

Community gardening

The RHS has welcomed the proposals outlined by the Government’s White Paper: The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature which has been announced this summer by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. The Government hopes to introduce a holistic way of thinking about the environment.

'This is a very important Paper which, if implemented fully, will have positive life-changing effects,' says Sue Biggs, RHS Director General. 'If implemented, the proposals outlined in the paper will help safeguard the environment both now and in future generations.'

Targets set out in the Paper to reduce the use of peat-based products has been recognised by the RHS. A complete ban of peat usage by amateur gardeners by 2020, as set out in the Paper, will be challenging but the RHS believes that hard work will make it achievable.

'We know that most gardeners are concerned about the environment and are very aware of the environmental impact of how they garden so we believe that a voluntary reduction will work,' says Sue. 'We will continue to work closely with both member and non-member gardeners to help them reduce their use of peat-based products.'

Perfect for pollinators logoThe White Paper also underlines the significance of gardens as havens for wildlife and pollinating insects.  The new RHS Perfect for Pollinators initiative,  helps gardeners choose the best plants for pollinating insects.

The RHS are currently involved in other environmental projects and have an number of initiatives that are relevant to the proposals in the White Paper such as RHS Campaign for School Gardening and Wild about Gardens.

RHS Britain in Bloom, another initiative, supports proposals in the White Paper. It is Europe’s largest community gardening and environmental campaign with over 150,000 volunteers from 1,100 plus communities. For many years it has concentrated on community involvement and environmental improvement.

See more on the RHS’ environmental work

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