?Love the Plot You?ve Got? launches at 2015 show

The Edible Garden Show is the perfect location for would-be gardeners looking to transform neglected outdoor spaces can seek inspiration from the Garden Industry Marketing Board (GIMB) when it launches its ?Love the Plot You?ve Got? campaign at The Edible Garden and Good Life Live show in London next year.

Taking place March 20-22 and perfectly timed for the beginning of the growing season, the show is packed with not-to-be-missed exhibits including inspiring talks from some of the gardening world?s top experts, while famous chefs will offer chic ideas for conjuring yummy, healthy meals from plot to plate in the Cook it! area.

The new lifestyle event, Good Life Live, will showcase a broad range of outdoor living experiences with areas dedicated to adventure activities, country pursuits and home comforts, as well as livestock.

GIMB?s ?Love the Plot You?ve Got? campaign aims to help people make the most out of their gardens, balconies and window boxes. It wants to popularize gardening among people aged 30 to 45 who see it as hard work or primarily for older people and who don?t make great use of their outdoor spaces.

GIMB advisors will be on hand with four show gardens measuring 4.9 x 2.4 metres – the size of an average UK garden – to provide inspiration, advice and demonstrate different ways of turning a derelict space into your own personal haven.

David Arnold, GIMB Project Manager, says: ?We aim to show people how to turn an unloved outdoor space with scrubby grass, a concrete path and a falling down fence into an enjoyable area in which to relax and be with friends or family. We?ll be showcasing a patio garden and an edible garden, which is as ornamental as we can make it with edible flowers mixed among some very attractive vegetables. We?re aware that people in rented accommodation are less like to invest in outdoor spaces, so we?ll have a container garden which makes use of raised beds and portable planters that can be moved between properties. We will also feature balcony gardening so no-one need miss out, whatever the size of their outdoor space.?

Meanwhile, GIMB research revealed a growing concern within the horticultural industry that skills and knowledge once handed from one generation to another are being lost, and that while lots of people want to improve their outdoor spaces and environment, a lack of knowledge and confidence is holding them back.

David says the problem applies particularly, though not exclusively, to their target age group and the Love the Plot You?ve Got campaign seeks to help people discover the joy of gardening with help from its knowledgeable but friendly and plain-speaking advisors.

?We are delighted to be launching ?Love the Plot You?ve Got? at the shows which we know will attract the very people our campaign is designed to help. The timing is ideal and we hope to see lots of people who may shy away from gardening at Good Life Live, in particular, while offering fresh ideas and innovations to the already green-fingered!?

In addition to the GIMB?s campaign, gardening gurus James Wong, Pippa Greenwood and Paul Peacock will share their years of experience and knowledge with novice and seasoned gardeners alike, while Rachel Green and Mark Lloyd are among the famous chefs providing chic ideas for conjuring yummy, healthy meals from plot to plate.

Elsewhere there will be lots of interactive sessions for children where they can get their hands dirty, learn to create wooden badges, bake bread and make their own butter in the Make it! area or hold baby chicks in the Chicken Coop. Parents can even entertain their busy little bees in the Beehive, have a field day on the Village Green, meet the animals in the pop up City Farm or get creative in the Family Zone.

Adding to the fun on Saturday, March 21, CBeebies? Mr Bloom will be popping along to the Experts Theatre to say ?Ello, Tiddlers? with a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games and catchy songs in a high-energy show.

To book your tickets, which give access to both The Edible Garden Show and Good Life Live, please call the ticket hotline on 0871 230 3451 or visit www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk.

For more information on the Love the Plot You?ve Got campaign visit www.loveyourplot.com.

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