GardenDrumGreening Grey Britain

'The Rain Chain' Design Wendy Allen Photo© RHS  - Neil Hepworth

‘The Rain Chain’ Design Wendy Allen Photo© RHS – Neil Hepworth

GREENING GREY BRITAIN – the RHS is calling on everyone in the UK to do their bit to turn around the decline of Britain as a ‘green and pleasant land‘. In London alone, garden areas decreased by 12% from 1998 to 2008, mainly through the paving of front gardens for city parking.

As the RHS says, everyone can make a positive contribution ‘one plant at a time‘ and it is encouraging every Briton to plant a tree, a shrub, a climber, a hedge or even just a little perennial in a window box. Even pulling up one paver and putting in a plant instead will help. The RHS will also share and promote ideas about how to green up a parking area.

And back gardens are not immune either, with garden buildings and paved areas making large inroads into vegetated spaces. Both lawns and garden beds continue to shrink.

Borders outside Chapman Street Housing Association flats Loughborough Photo © RHS Julian Weigall

Borders outside Chapman Street Housing Association flats Loughborough Photo © RHS Julian Weigall

The RHS wants to turn this around and green up 6000 ‘grey’ spaces within 3 years, starting with its Britain in Bloom community garden program launching on 10 April 2016 and supported by the RHS’s 300,000 members.

Read more about London’s disappearing green gardens at London: Garden City?

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