Ahead of the launch of the 2015 RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, Europe’s biggest community gardening movement, the RHS is announcing Chris Beardshaw as an RHS Ambassador, with a special focus on promoting community gardening.
Chris will join Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, Adam Frost, James Wong and Nick Knowles to champion the joy and benefits of gardening and support the UK’s leading gardening charity. Chris and Adam will team up on Friday 10 April to launch RHS Britain in Bloom 2015 with a special community transformation project.
“I’ve been involved in many community gardening projects over the years and have seen first-hand the positive impact they can have on people living in the area and involved in gardening,” he said. “They create friendships in streets where people didn’t even say hello, and make brighter, more beautiful places to live. It will be a privilege to celebrate the work of the Bloom volunteers and encourage more people to get involved.”
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “I’m thrilled that Chris is joining us. He is one of Britain’s best-known and best-loved gardeners and has long been involved with, and championed, community gardening projects.”
RHS Britain in Bloom volunteers invest upwards of 10 million hours a year into greening up and cleaning up the country’s villages, towns and cities. These volunteers create safer, happier environments, where crime is reduced, and transform disused spaces into beautiful places where communities come together and engage with each other.
“It’s critical we celebrate the incredible achievements of Bloom and the volunteers’ hard work, as well as encouraging more people to join in,” continues Sue. “Without Bloom and its army of volunteers our streets would be more littered, our parks less cared for and as many as five million fewer plants may not be grown in community plots.”
Read more about the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign
Read about the Chris Beardshaw-designed garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show