Greening Grey Britain

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Throughout the summer, communities are donning their gardening gloves to green grey Britain

We’re delighted to be supporting the Royal Horticultural Society’s Greening Grey Britain project this summer.

Across the UK, local gardening groups are busy working with children and young people

to transform unused or unloved sites into vibrant community areas teeming with life and colour.

An urban food hub, a sanctuary garden for dementia sufferers and a revamped railway station are among 44 community projects now underway, with transformations due for completion by early autumn.

All the schemes are benefitting from the help and advice of an RHS gardening expert, as well as £500 worth of plants and materials.

Together with the RHS, we want to stem the tide of front gardens and community areas being paved over, and to encourage people to embrace green space – to improve health and wellbeing, grow food, support wildlife and tackle problems linked to pollution and climate change.

M&G Chief Executive Anne Richards said: “Gardening is a wonderful, rewarding pastime for everyone, young and old – which is why we need to make sure that every community has green space for people to be able to enjoy together.  We’re very excited about what the groups are doing this summer and are looking forward to seeing the results!”

Other projects include the planting of a new woodland in Woking, a revamped West Yorkshire railway station to lift the spirits of commuters, and a community garden in Sunderland that nods to the city’s industrial heritage.

Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “Our towns and cities are rapidly becoming concrete jungles, covered in paving and with little space left for plants. We’re helping communities fight back and show that even small pockets of green space can make a big difference to people’s lives and the environment.”

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