This year, for the first time, the RHS and The One Show are inviting bids to win the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Greening Grey Britain Garden and bring a little beauty into a grey urban area. The winning entrant will have the garden transferred to their community, where it can thrive and enhance the city landscape for years into the future.

What is the Greening Grey Britain Garden?

The garden, illustrated above, has been designed by Chelsea Gold medal winner and ecologist Professor Nigel Dunnett of Sheffield University, and gives practical planting solutions where space is limited. It provides ideas for the future development of urban spaces and aims to inspire communities to develop and green up their own grey, urban areas.

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The prize

The winning community will have the plot, (up to 250 sq metres) prepared with the help of a leading landscape-contracting firm and then planted to a layout provided by Professor Dunnett, where it will have maximum ‘greening’ benefit to the community for years after the show.

Our RHS gardening experts will be on hand to help the winning group plant up their plot and give hands-on support.

Judging will be carried out by BBC and RHS gardening experts led by Professor Dunnett, with winners announced on 26 May 2017.

How to win the Greening Grey Britain Garden

To win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we want to know how this garden and its environmentally-friendly plants will make a difference to the local environment, the community and local wildlife. We'll be looking for imagination and zest for making a difference.

For example a community group might want to turn an area of closely mown grass into a garden that will provide more resources for wildlife. This island of wildlife could in turn delight people living nearby and perhaps provide a resource for school children to learn about nature. Similarly, parents might come together to make an area of a school’s grounds into a GGB garden that will be open to the public as well as benefitting the school.

This competition closed on 16 April 2017.

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