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BBC Earth and RHS announce conservation inspired partnership at the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show

BBC Studios Our Green Planet & RHS Bee Garden will celebrate plants for pollinators as part of a global digital impact campaign

The 2022 RHS Chelsea Flower Show blooms into action for the first time in May (24-28) since 2019 with a standout environmentally themed attraction aimed at inspiring garden lovers to play their part in balancing our ecosystems through planting more species that sustains bees, our wild pollinators, currently in decline within the UK and beyond.
 
The BBC Studios Our Green Planet & RHS Bee Garden is designed by UK- based horticulturalist and designer Joe Swift and has been in development for over two years.
 
It features the silhouette of a bee wing as the centrepiece of a vibrant habitat brimming with nectar and pollen rich plants, many of which are included on the RHS Plants for Pollinators list. www.rhs.org.uk/science/conservation-biodiversity/wildlife/plants-for-pollinators  The Garden shares the same conservation principles as the David Attenborough narrated TV series The Green Planet created by BBC Studios Natural History Unit which led to a global digital impact campaign #OurGreenPlanet.
 
Since it launched in February #OurGreenPlanet hosted on BBC Earth Instagram has engaged millions of people globally in the green world.
Across the month of May, the RHS and BBC Studios #OurGreenPlanet will empower audiences with practical ideas on how everyone can help bees and other pollinators thrive in their local communities and outside spaces. 
 
Mike Gunton, Creative Director of BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Executive Producer of #OurGreenPlanet said: “The garden will bring to life the #OurGreenPlanet belief that we should all push for plants, pollinators and people to work together. Alongside the beauty and spectacle of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the bee garden has an important message at its heart, that pollinator decline will have a serious impact on biodiversity, food production and our precious gardens globally but the good news is, we can all do something to help.”
 
Joe Swift, Garden Designer, said: “The RHS has used scientific evidence, extensive experience and the records of gardeners to create year-round flowering plants for its Plants for Pollinators list to help tackle the decline in pollinator numbers.  It is one of the best resources for gardeners today to support pollinators and collectively if we all grew more of these plants in our gardens, community spaces, window boxes allotments and schools we can make a huge difference. I hope this garden both inspires and shows everyone just how easy it is to consider pollinators whilst making your garden a more beautiful space too, a win-win!” 
Some of the best plants for bees in this Garden include, Hesperis (Sweet Rocket), Salvias, hardy Geraniums, Euphorbias and Viburnum opulus (Guelder rose).  There is also shallow water for insects to drink from, some mud for bees to make nests and a dismantleable Bee Hotel, which can be cleaned out.
 
The BBC Studios Our Green Planet & RHS Bee Garden, which won’t be judged, is situated at the bottom of Main Avenue, opposite the triangle. 
 
After RHS Chelsea Flower Show the BBC Studios Our Green Planet & RHS Bee Garden will live on at a local school for students, teachers and the pollinators to enjoy.
 
 
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Notes to editors

About #OurGreenPlanet
#OurGreenPlanet in association with the Moondance Foundation (Insert link) is working with conservationists and influencers to highlight plants’ role in biodiversity. The #OurGreenPlanet campaign is focused on working together with the global conservation community and digital influencers to inspire and ignite a deeper understanding of the unique role of plant species and green habitats and share solutions that accelerate support for ecosystem restoration efforts - and lead to behavioural changes.
 
#OurGreenPlanet BBC Media Centre Announcement: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2022/bbc-studios-natural-history-joins-forces-moondance-foundation-launch-our-green-planet 
 
#OurGreenPlanet Campaign Website: https://www.bbcearth.com/our-green-planet
 
#OurGreenPlanet Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/?hl=en
 
The Moondance Foundation: https://moondancefoundation.org.uk/
 
About BBC Studios Natural History
BBC Studios Natural History Unit produces the world’s most iconic natural history programmes, such as Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, which have been watched by more than a billion people globally. Ranging from technically challenging live shows and super-landmarks to long-running series and children’s content, The Natural History Unit programmes include Seven Worlds, One Planet presented by Sir David Attenborough to Dynasties, Blue Planet Live, Springwatch, Andy’s Aquatic Adventures and third-party commissions for Discovery, Apple, NBC, National Geographic, and BBC America. The Natural History Unit is part of BBC Studios.
 
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 and is the UK’s largest gardening charity.
 
The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place via its inspirational gardens and shows, science research and advisory, extensive library collections and far-reaching education and community programmes. With over 600,000 members the RHS also shares its horticultural knowledge and expertise with millions of people every year through its website and publications.
 
In 2021, the RHS launched its Sustainability Strategy, committing to be net positive for nature and people by 2030. The supporting RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign will continue to harness the power of the UK’s 30 million gardeners to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.
We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.
 
For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk
RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262
 
 

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