Why take action?

Our world is changing, but by taking action, you and your community can make a change for the better

From climate change to disappearing wildlife and the growing grey urban sprawl, there are many reasons why you might want to improve your area through community gardening. Evidence shows that we are paving over gardens at an alarming rate - mile after square mile of them are disappearing under tarmac. It shows that the flooding risk continues to rise and householders everywhere are facing the awful consequences; that temperatures in towns and cities continue to rise. In short, there is a critical need to take action and green up our urban areas.

Grow for the community

Join thousands of people who have seen the transformation that community gardening has made to neighbourhoods across the UK, particularly through Britain in Bloom, It's Your Neighbourhood or RHS Affiliated Societies.

Cleaner, greener streets, great community spirit and a place you're proud to call home - we show you how to get your area growing. Search for a community group in your local area, today. 

Grow for the environment

If you're concerned about climate change and its impact on the environment, read our report to get ideas about the positive power of plants and how they can help offset its impact on the world around us.

Whether you're a community group or an individual, projects such as Greening Great Britain, share a vision to green up grey towns and cities and make a huge difference to neighbourhoods everywhere.

Grow for wildlife

Worried about bees, butterflies and other creatures disappearing from your area? Want to learn more about animals that are key to our ecosystem, as part of Wild About Gardens?

We've got ideas to help communities get their neighbourhoods buzzing with life again. Even the smallest changes can help to give nature a home, and people in towns and cities, as well as village communities, play a vital part in providing a haven for some of our much-loved wildlife.

Grow for health and wellbeing

From de-stressing you after a frantic day to giving you healthy physical exercise in the 'green gym' - no pricey membership fee to pay - there is mounting evidence that gardens and gardening have an increasingly important role to play in our busy lives, illustrated by Jekka McVicar's garden.

Whether you enjoy the quiet space of growing plants on your own or the companionship of community projects, gardening is beneficial for everyone. 

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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.