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RHS Community Gardens to be created in each of the Home Nations

  • RHS to fund four major new Community Gardens in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England
  • Applications open until 6th February with a team of designers, horticulturists and presenters helping to choose and build the winning gardens
  • Community Gardens to be celebrated  on RHS Garden Day on 2nd May

Four major new RHS Community Gardens will be created in each of the Home Nations, thanks to an RHS Community Grant, which is being launched today, Thursday 20 January 2022.
 
With the help of The BBC’s One Show (BBC One 7pm), The RHS is calling for communities and schools from across the UK to apply for the new RHS Community Gardens, where a leading Garden Designer will work with local communities to transform a space for the benefit of local people.
 
The four Gardens - one in Scotland, one in Northern Ireland, one in Wales and one in England - will be gifted to the community and will be worth up to £50,000 each. The cost of the Garden will depend on the size of the plot and landscaping needs. 
 
A selection panel made up of Garden Designers, Horticulturists, Television Presenters, The One Show and the RHS will select which four communities will receive the RHS Community Gardens. Factors they will consider include how much a garden would transform the lives of the people living in the community, as well as the accessibility and suitability of the space.
 
The initiative forms part of the RHS’ Planet Friendly Gardening Campaign, which celebrates the importance of gardens for people and the planet and champions sustainable approaches to gardening.
 
As well as the creation of the gardens, funding will be made available  to support green skills development of people to achieve an RHS Level 2 qualification and to support the maintainence of the gardens over the next three years.
 
Well known personalities who all believe in the power of Community Gardens and the difference access to nature can make to people’s lives, will each champion a garden and share their ideas with the communities and Designers.
 
For Scotland, Garden Designers Susan Begg and Nicola Semple from Semple Begg will be working with the local community to create their garden of dreams and will be joined by Invictus Games medallist and television presenter JJ Chalmers during the journey.
 
For the England community, Garden Designer Arit Anderson will be designing their space and will be joined by Radio DJ and keen gardener Jo Whiley to share ideas and plans as the garden develops.
 
Northern Ireland and Wales collaborations will be announced in the coming weeks as the exciting developments continue.
 
Alex Jones said “At The One Show, we’ve loved working with the RHS over the last few years  and I can’t wait to see what amazing designers can bring to communities across the UK.”
The new RHS Community Gardens will be celebrated on RHS Garden Day on Monday 2 May, with music and activities, including making flower crowns.   RHS Garden Day will launch National Gardening Week (2 – 8 May 2022), which for 2022 will have the theme ‘Planet Friendly Gardening for People and the Planet’. 
 
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says:  “The RHS believes everyone needs space to grow, which is why we work with schools and community groups in towns, villages and neighbourhoods across the UK.  This opportunity champions how vital local people are in creating beautiful spaces that benefit people and the environment.”
 
“Community gardens can bring people together who most need support and friendship, offer opportunities to grow fresh fruit and vegetables for eating, cooking and donating to foodbanks, and provide habitats and sustenance for our precious pollinators and other wildlife.  We hope communities that would most benefit from these Gardens will apply to help bring the community together through a beautiful space for people and nature.”
 
The RHS Community Grant Application will close at 6pm on 6 February 2022.  To apply visit rhs.org.uk/gardenday2022  (this will go live at 7.30pm). Note T&Cs apply
 
The RHS runs and supports the community gardening initiative, RHS Britain in Bloom and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood, and provides support to thousands of schools and community groups across the UK.

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For more information please contact the RHS Press Office by emailing [email protected] or emailing Hayley Monckton [email protected]
 

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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 opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2021. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
 
 

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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.