Family gardening session at Erleigh Road Community Garden

Grow Social logoLatest information: Health and wellbeing is very important to us at the RHS and following the Government’s latest update and the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we are recommending that all groups postpone their Grow Social events until later in the year. Read more from the RHS here

Despite this, Grow Social is about trying to help combat social isolation and your efforts are needed now more than ever. Please remember to check in on your neighbours and those who may be feeling isolated, and to also look after your own wellbeing. Maybe get creative with growing at home in your garden or on a windowsill.

If and when you do go ahead with your event later in the year, we would love to hear about it.

This year, we’re encouraging you to make new connections in your community through plants and help break down barriers for people who may feel isolated or cut off. 

‘Grow Social’ is also the Britain in Bloom theme for 2020, and all community groups, schools and individuals wanting to make new connections can join in! 

We don't have any physical Grow Social packs left, but you can still get involved – just download the free online resources here

Growing together with Bloom

Volunteers sit down after work in a walled Community Garden, Castlecaulfield, Co Tyrone

All Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups are invited to sign-up to Grow Social, as the theme for 2020, and to host an event this April. However, if April isn’t the best time for you, feel free to hold your activities at any time of the year. 

We’d love to see all your examples of making new connections through gardening and reaching out beyond the ‘garden gate’ to those that might not usually take part. Share your plans and events with us with #GrowSocial on Facebook and Twitter, or email us with the subject line: ‘Grow Social case study’ to let us know what you get up to.

Please note, there will be no RHS Discretionary Award linked to the theme this year and participation is, of course, voluntary!

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.