RHS / Julie Howden

Applications are now closed but check back soon to find out who the RHS will be able to support in 2018. 

Is there a grey space in your community that you’d love to transform into a green space for people and the environment?

Do you have a community garden idea that could bridge the generation gap? 

Just like you, we want to inspire the new generation to grow. That’s why we’re continuing to connect our experienced Bloomers and community gardeners with young green thumbs as part of Greening Grey Britain.

In 2018, we're offering a number of groups some expert hands-on support, plus up to £500 worth of plants and materials - to help communities bring their green visions to life.

Revitalising dull tarmacked corners into vibrant colourful pockets, drab alleyways made lush and green and changing disused or unloved areas into productive gardens. 


To apply groups needed to take part in Britain in Bloom (either at a regional or national level), It’s Your Neighbourhood, be a registered RHS Affiliated Society or part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Projects needed to be partnership based and intergenerational, so applications needed to demonstrate how young people could be involved and who else would be taking part. 

This year we asked applicants to show how their transformations would fit in with at least one of the following four garden themes. If the project idea addressed more than one of these, groups were asked to describe the links and detail of how it would work:

  • Create a garden to help promote better health and wellbeing
  • Create a productive space with fresh, seasonal food to share and enjoy with others
  • Create a space for wildlife and to boost local biodiversity. Get some inspiration from Wild About Gardens

Groups were encouraged to get in touch if they had other ideas to to solve a problem in their community through the power of plants.

For information, here is our application form and the guidance notes Check out #greeninggreybritain to follow our news. 

For further questions and more information, please contact our team

The RHS would like to thank M&G Investments, sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, for its support of this programme.


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