RHS Britain in Bloom volunteers now look after the equivalent of 500 Hyde Parks of public green space – ten times more than 2010
A new survey looking at the impact of community gardening in the UK has revealed that the amount of green space RHS Britain in Bloom volunteers manage has increased ten-fold in just three?years.
Amounting to more than 200,000 acres of public land, from pocket parks, to conservation sites, RHS community gardeners look after the equivalent of over 500 Hyde Parks.
It was revealed that local groups who responded to the survey are now responsible for the upkeep of on average, more than 110 acres of green space each*, compared to just 10 acres per group in 2010.??
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, said: “A large part of RHS Britain in Bloom is about people coming together to take responsibility for green space that might otherwise have been left unmanaged.”
The survey of nearly 300 community gardening groups also shows that almost 60% have turned abandoned land, much of which is prone to fly-tipping, into usable community spaces such as allotments. It is estimated, that, UK-wide, RHS Britain in Bloom volunteers have transformed nearly 2,000 football pitches of neglected land.
Sue added: “It’s a huge year for RHS Britain in Bloom, being its 50th anniversary, so what a great opportunity to champion the work of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who beautify Britain and keep villages, towns and cities clean and green for the rest of us.”
Over 60% of groups run wildlife projects and manage seasonal displays and more than half run environmental clean-ups and recycling activities. Groups cite some of the key benefits of being part of RHS Britain in Bloom as being the development of a sense of community, cleaner and greener surroundings, regeneration of run-down areas and a reduction in anti-social behaviour.
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