Funding Announcement - RHS Greening Grey Projects

We are pleased to announce that three Green-fingered groups from our region will be helping to breathe new life into a grey/unused/unloved patch of land in their community this summer.

Young people along with Bloom volunteers will work alongside the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) group to create a green haven for the community to enjoy by replanting a neglected herbaceous border, building a biodiversity garden, or transforming a concrete eyesore etc.

The project is one of dozens around the UK being supported by the RHS for this year's Britain in Bloom campaign.  Up to 300,000 volunteers take part in Britain in Bloom, which not only recognises gardening excellence but aims to unite communities and promote environmental responsibility.

The cross-generational projects are aimed at giving young gardeners the chance to learn new skills from seasoned gardeners and reap the many health, wellbeing and social benefits of gardening.

Under the banner of '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 on which plants to grow, garden features to include and other tips to attract wildlife.

In order to be slected by the RHS the groups had to show that their project will bring people together to work in partnership and benefit both communities and wildlife in the area.

The 'Greening Grey Britain for Wildlife' theme aims to highlight the vital role gardens play in supporting wildlife.  Even a small patch ofland can provide valuable habitat for creatures to forage, nest and hide and form a 'wildlife corridor' to link up other green spaces.

The three groups chosen by the RHS to receive funding are

Portishead 1st Scouts with Portishead in Bloom
Keynsham Railway Station with Keynsham in Bloom
Kingsweston SEN School, Bristol

We will be following their projects and publishing updates once the projects get underway.

Published 05/02/2017 00:00:00