National Gardening Week

May 3rd, 2019

Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we featured a piece about one of the most famous Flower and Gardening Shows in the world – the Chelsea Flower Show (read it here) that takes place in London at the end of this month. But did you know that this week (29th April – 5th May) is National Gardening Week?

That means that gardeners up and down the country are encouraged to dig in, dig deep and get gardening – whether they’re experienced or completed novices. This annual event organised by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) aims to inspire a love of gardening in all ages.

This year’s theme is Edible Britain, and the RHS are calling on gardeners across the country to share their love of growing food. From complete self sustainability, to growing the occasional courgette in a grow bag – it all counts!

National Gardening Week is the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening and raises awareness of the difference that gardens and gardening can make to the lives of everyone in the UK. It inspires more people, particularly the next generation of gardeners, to experience the joy of growing and visiting beautiful green spaces. Edible Britain helps to highlight that everyone has space to grow something delicious to eat, whether it’s a single pot of herbs on the windowsill or an allotment overflowing with courgettes and potatoes.

So what will you grow this week? And here’s a few ideas for things you could do to celebrate the week in your local community….

  • Open up your garden, venue, allotment or vegetable plot to the public
  • Transform or clean-up an unused area in your neighbourhood and turn it into a community garden or allotment (with permission)
  • Hold a fundraising event to raise money for a local community garden or project that’s already established, and do cooking demonstrations or sell lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Give out recipe cards, activity sheets or gardening factsheets locally to give people ideas to grow food
  • Have a bake sale using ingredients such as, carrots, beetroot and edible flowers
  • Organise a plant sale and share edible plants that people can take away and grow at home or in their community

You can find out lots more information, and tips on growing your own produce at www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/national-gardening-week Ready, Steady, Get growing!!