The RHS brought together policymakers, developers, planners, garden designers and landscapers to discuss creative, inspired solutions – so everyone can all start working together to make a difference, one plant at a time.

A short video of edited highlights is available below. If you wish to view the full webcast please scroll further down the page.



A video of the complete summit is available below. 


A key part of our Greening Grey Britain Campaign is about transforming paved-over front gardens into beautiful, planted areas. More than five million front gardens now have no plants growing in them and our Front Garden Summit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 focused attention on the negative effect this has on the environment and our wellbeing, and asked: how we can turn our front gardens green again?

Please tweet your comments and questions to #greeninggreybritain or email

Speakers and topics on the night

Speaker Topic
Sue Biggs Welcome and introduction
Alan Titchmarsh Front Gardens: are we really a nation of gardeners?
Ann-Marie Powell How did we let the grey grow? 
Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP Keynote address
Alistair Griffiths Front Garden Science: front gardens can help save the planet
Nigel Dunnett Inspirational ideas and solutions
Panel discussion: chaired by Alan Titchmarsh How can we work together to create change in Britain's front gardens?
Panellists include:
Alex Cunningham MP, Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment
Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute
Leigh Hunt, RHS Principal Horticultural Advisor
Andy Sturgeon, award-winning designer
Sue Biggs Concluding remarks

Now find out what you can do

Get involved with Greening Grey Britain - make a promise to plant a tree, shrub, flower bed or window box

Transform your front garden into a green and pleasant space - Front Garden Guide (1.2MB pdf)



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