Meet our champions

Find out about two community organisations that are encouraging gardening and growing in their local area

Throughout 2024, our programme champions will be getting involved in their communities, and will be able to feedback how the programme is going, helping us to improve RHS Grow With It for the future.

Plant Co-operative, Manchester

Plant Co-operative is a not-for-profit urban gardening collective formed in the spring of 2021. They specialise in tending often neglected urban city centre spaces, working alongside city developers, the city council, local organisations and charities to transform and manage pockets of wilder space, and create the opportunity to bring the community together through gardening.

From a community ‘Moon Garden’ in the heart of Manchester’s busy Chinatown, to a three-year project transforming a 20-acre city centre development into a thriving community garden at NOMA, Plant Co-operative has developed a blueprint that challenges the common misconception that community gardening has to be rough and ready and at odds with the developer’s and council’s aesthetics. Instead, it showcases the benefits that can be shared by all by taking a different approach – increasing biodiversity, improving social connection and mental health, and ultimately creating a city of gardeners.

They offer paid, part-time apprentice gardening positions, volunteering days, evening gardening clubs, school workshops and much more in between. Visit the Plant Co-operative website for more information.

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PLANT x RHS ‘How To Grow A Radish’

Plant Co-operative, a co-operative that is working to green urban Manchester and make food growing and gardening accessible for everyone, share their advice on how to grow radish.


Explore how Plant Co-Operative are growing sunflowers around Manchester for RHS Grow With It on their very own interactive map.

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Project Grow, Gloucestershire

Project Grow is a social enterprise that aims to ‘sell plants with purpose’. All funds raised go back into the vital growing of good food for community projects across Gloucestershire. Project Grow has two community gardens, one in Gloucester and the other in Cheltenham.

In Gloucester, they have teamed up with Wiggly Charity and the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, taking over the Hub’s existing community garden. The aim is to grow 50% of the vegetables used in Wiggly’s cookery courses as well as for the community of Kingsholm. At their site in Cheltenham’s Community Rest Garden, Project Grow has teamed up with Cheltenham Community Flowers to provide the members of The Fresh Hope Food Pantry with a choice of fresh locally grown vegetables, flowers and herbs.

At both sites, Project Grow is working to prove the case for a more sustainable community food system, growing

chemical-free plants and produce with low food miles – all delivered with minimal packaging and waste. Visit the Project Grow website for more information.

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