RHS: New Bloom Federation will Boost Community Gardening Activity in Britain

Community gardeners are transforming streets and neighbourhoods across the UK and this week the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and sixteen regional and national RHS Britain in Bloom groups formally came together as a Federation to increase the scale and impact of this activity.

The new Bloom Federation have agreed a shared vision for, and commitment to, the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign and to actively work together in order to support the on-going development of the campaign around the UK.

The announcement comes as RHS Britain in Bloom turns 50 with the main aims of the Bloom Federation in 2014 being to highlight the huge difference community gardeners make to towns, cities and villages in the UK and to encourage more people to get involved.
Prunella Scarlett LVO, Chair of the Bloom Federation, said: ?What an exciting time for the RHS, the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign and of course, communities around Britain.

?Already, more than 200,000 Bloom volunteers are doing a fabulous job at keeping our streets and neighbourhoods green and tidy in towns, cities and villages all over the UK, saving a collossal ?23 million a year in public money.

?Our main aim is to get even more people involved ? you really don?t need to be an expert gardener, you just need to care enough about our environment to make a difference!

?We want to establish RHS Britain in Bloom as the world?s leading community gardening campaign to transform communities across the UK, by supporting and inspiring local people to get involved.

?I can?t think of a better year to announce this fantastic partnership than during the fiftieth anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom and I look forward to moving things forward.?

Celebrating this landmark anniversary, people will be ?Growing for Gold? as the 2014 theme of RHS Britain in Bloom. Half a million sunflower seeds will be sown in public spaces by gardening groups across all 16 Regions / Nations. For information on how to take part visit:?http://www.rhs.org.uk/britaininbloomlaunch

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