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Discover Climate Crisis Solutions at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

  • Discovery Zone returns to the Great Pavilion at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a focus on sustainable solutions through planet friendly gardening
  • Interactive displays explore and highlight the practices that support plant health and biodiversity

This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May), sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, will investigate the many ways plants and gardening can help to protect and restore the natural world in the Discovery Zone of the Great Pavilion.

Seed saving, crop rotation, and carbon offsetting are amongst the themes being brought to life, as visitors are encouraged to consider what they can do to make their green spaces planet friendly and help combat climate change.

Exhibits from London Fire Brigade and Dalefoot Composts in partnership with Eden Project will show how small changes can help negate the bigger issues causing everyday problems. Permeable paving and extra planting are highlighted by London Fire Brigade as ways of reducing the risk of flooding in our homes and Dalefoot Composts with Eden Project will show how swapping to peat-free compost protects peat bogs which are important carbon stores.

For those growing their own fruit and vegetables, Grow Your Garden by Celeste Mueth demonstrates how crop rotation improves soil and plant health, and OmVed Gardens: Saving Seed focuses on the protection of seed diversity to strengthen food systems.

Exhibits from Forest Carbon and the Animal and Plant Health Agency highlight how the environment can be protected by carbon offsetting through nature restoration and how reducing plant movement protects against plant pests and diseases.

Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens & Shows said: “The Discovery Zone brings the science of horticulture to life and many of this year’s exhibits highlight the different planet friendly practices that can help combat the current climate crisis. They perfectly demonstrate how enthusiasts and professional gardeners alike can support the environment through adopting simple changes and practices.”

The Discovery Zone joins the nurseries and growers and the new All About Plants category in the Great Pavilion to form a hub for all things plants.

Tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are currently available and can be purchased online at www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
 

Notes to editors

For more details and images, please contact the RHS Press Office at [email protected]

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Discovery Zone line-up for May 2022:

Full details are available here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/press
  • Plant Heritage: Follow Your Plant Passion
  • Sparsholt College: Home from Home
  • Dalefoot Composts in partnership with Eden Project
  • Bees for Development: Making Life Better with Bees
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency: Don’t Risk It!
  • Blue Tangerine Federation
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust: Bee Kind – Creating Space for Bumblebees
  • Forest Carbon
  • Grow Your Garden by Celeste Mueth
  • London Fire Brigade
  • OmVed Gardens: Saving Seed

For further information about RHS Chelsea Flower Show and other 2022 RHS Shows and full ticket-purchasing information, visit www.rhs.org.uk/shows. Service and admin fees apply.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 24 – 28 May 2022
23 May              Press Day
24 – 25 May      RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
26 – 27 May      RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm
28 May             RHS members and non-members, 8am – 5.30pm
 

Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

To book tickets visit www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
To find out more about The Newt in Somerset, visit https://thenewtinsomerset.com/

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.

The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and growing RHS Garden Bridgewater, our fifth RHS garden which opened in 2021.

For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk

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About The Newt in Somerset  
 
The Newt in Somerset is a working country estate in Somerset, between the towns of Bruton and Castle Cary. The original Georgian manor house and farm buildings sit amidst farmland, woodland, orchards and acres of gardens - shaped over centuries by successive enthusiasts, including renowned garden designer and writer Penelope Hobhouse, who first opened them to the public in the mid 1980s. The gardens’ latest incarnation was designed by landscape artist Patrice Taravella. Influenced by thousands of years of horticultural history, mixing ornamental and productive elements, they are a feast for the eyes and the stomach.
 
With a focus on Somerset heritage, sustainable agriculture and artisan production, the estate encompasses a luxury hotel and spa within Hadspen House and the Farmyard, designed by Karen Roos, in addition to restaurants, farm shops, immersive garden attractions and a Cyder Press & Cellar. For more information visit: https://thenewtinsomerset.com/

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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.