The Society is committed to promoting Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at the RHS; across all our work in Shows, Gardens, Communities, Science, Education, Art, in our magazines, books, online and other media; and in the wider horticultural industry.
We believe that gardens and gardening, in all its forms, should be accessible and enjoyed by everyone and that all individuals, whether working within the RHS or enjoying our membership, services or products, should be treated with dignity and respect and be part of an environment that is free from barriers or discrimination, regardless of age, race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion, philosophical belief or lack of belief, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, disability, pregnancy and maternity.
Increasing diversity in horticulture
While we are under no illusions and realise there is much more for the RHS and the industry to do, we are committed to playing our part in increasing diversity in horticulture.
This will need a collective and collaborative approach; we need to work with people from all backgrounds, all ethnicities, all ages, and the wider horticulture industry to ask questions, reach out and most importantly, to listen. We want to take time to work sensitively and genuinely. This is our long-term commitment, and we hope many people from all backgrounds will come forward to work with us as we will listen and take action together.
Before Covid-19 we had appointed a Diversity & Inclusion Manager, who joins us on 1 August 2020. The appointed manager will work with as many people internally and externally as possible to promote decisive action that will make a difference in this key area.
Our Diversity & Inclusion Manager is due to conduct a full review across the RHS this summer. Once we have assessed the review we will build an action plan to create an RHS that is more reflective of the UK population at every level.
Our vision remains to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place for everyone, no matter the colour of their skin, their ethnicity or their culture. Horticulture does not recognise these boundaries and nor do we.
Creating a more diverse RHS
We are committed to developing a fully diverse and inclusive organisation, which attracts and retains talented employees and volunteers from all sectors of society and is therefore representative of not only the people that we currently engage with, but those with whom we seek to engage in the future.