Young gardeners green the grey

Young gardeners green the grey

Greening Grey Britain. Credit: Picture: Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

Young people from schools, Scout groups and youth clubs across the UK will be helping community gardening groups to transform unloved local spaces this summer. They will be working alongside RHS Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups and learning new skills from seasoned gardeners.

Projects will include a quayside by a wooden warship in Dundee that will be brightened up with wildlife-friendly planting, the reclaiming of a fly-tipping hotspot in London and the development of an urban food forest at a hospital in Halifax. In a deprived area near Glasgow, Scouts will help to build a biodiversity garden with views over the River Clyde, while primary school pupils will transform a Staffordshire alleyway plagued by antisocial behaviour into a welcoming place for people and wildlife.

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The projects are being supported by the RHS as part of this year’s Britain in Bloom campaign. Under the banner ‘Greening Grey Britain for Wildlife’, each project will receive around £500-worth of gardening materials, along with hands-on support and advice from RHS experts. To qualify for support, the groups had to show that their projects will bring groups together to work in partnership, and will benefit both communities and wildlife

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