RHS & BBC The One Show announce the winner of the Pocket Garden Makeover contest

Sara Tacchi has today been announced as the winner of The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The One Show Pocket Garden Makeover.

Sara, who lives in Bristol, entered the competition to transform her flat’s small narrow garden that runs beside a busy roundabout. She has a condition that makes accessing outdoor space for long periods of time difficult and would hugely benefit from a garden space on her doorstep to enjoy.

Sara dreamed of growing veg, herbs and flowers that would create a garden full of vibrant colour. In a small and challenging space, she wanted to make use of all available window ledges and walls and create an oasis that could provide an escape that was private and calming.

No matter how small a space you have to work with, having your own outdoor mini-oasis can enrich your life, help your mental health, and make your local community a greener and a more beautiful place to be.

Together the RHS & The One Show want to demonstrate the positive benefits of gardening and highlight the small changes people can make to their ‘pocket-sized’ outdoor space that will help them connect with plants, wildlife, grow vegetables, provide a calming sanctuary or a small place to relax with family and friends. 

As the winner Sara will receive a small garden space makeover up to the value of £5,000 by expert garden designer Chris Hull. Chris, is best known for his garden designs and presenting BBC One’s Garden Rescue, and has transformed the small space in Bristol to ensure Sara’s ideas and inspiration come to life.

Chris said: “No matter what the size, everyone deserves a garden space where they can relax, immerse themselves in nature, and support wildlife in their local area. I can’t wait to help the worthy winner and to inspire many more people to ‘green-up’ their lives.”

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About the RHS
Since our formation in 1804, the RHS has grown into the UK’s leading gardening charity, touching the lives of millions of people. Perhaps the secret to our longevity is that we’ve never stood still. In the last decade alone we’ve taken on the largest hands-on project the RHS has ever tackled by opening the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, and invested in the science that underpins all our work by building RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science.
We have committed to being net positive for nature and people by 2030. We are also committed to being truly inclusive and to reflect all the communities of the UK.
Across our five RHS gardens we welcome more than three million visitors each year to enjoy over 34,000 different cultivated plants. Events such as the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, other national shows, our schools and community work, and partnerships such as Britain in Bloom, all spread the shared joy of gardening to wide-reaching audiences.
Throughout it all we’ve held true to our charitable core – to encourage and improve the science, art, and practice of horticulture – to share the love of gardening and the positive benefits it brings.
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