‘Edible Britain’ is the theme of Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom 2013
‘Edible Britain’ will see community gardening groups create 2,000 edible gardens in public spaces around the country between 7 and 14 April
Royal Horticultural Society
11 January 2013
Edible Gardens will appear in public spaces across the UK when RHS Britain in Bloom 2013 launches in April. Streets across the UK will be lined with herbs and vegetables for local people to harvest for years to come, thanks to the launch.
‘Edible Britain’ is the theme of Britain in Bloom 2013, which will see community gardening groups create 2,000 edible gardens in public spaces around the country between 7 and 14 April.
RHS community gardening groups, of which there are more than 5,000, can apply for free edible seeds, provided by the RHS. A total of 30,000 packets of seeds, such as chives, dill, parsley, carrots, coriander, spring onions, red frills mustard, edible flowers such as nasturtiums and marigolds, and much more, will be distributed to 2,000 gardening groups.
Stephanie Eynon, RHS Community Horticulture Manager, said: “Britain in Bloom isn’t just about pretty hanging baskets brightening up gloomy streets, it’s about improving the environment, enhancing lives and bringing communities together through gardening. ‘Edible Britain’ will see new public herb and vegetable gardens planted across the UK, bringing access to tasty produce to thousands.”
More than 200,000 people devote almost 4.4 million hours each year to enhancing their community through the Britain in Bloom campaign, saving the country thousands of pounds. On average, groups plant 115,000 trees, 352,000 shrubs and 21.6 million plants and bulbs across the nation each year.