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20 December 2017

Is there a grey space in your community that you’d love to transform into a green space for people and the environment? Do you have a community garden idea that could bridge the generation gap?

In 2018 the RHS will continue to connect experienced community gardeners with young green thumbs as part of the national Greening Grey Britain campaign. The RHS is offering a number of groups expert hands-on support from the Community Outreach team, plus up to £500 worth of plants and materials – to help communities bring their green visions to life.
In order to apply for the support, groups must be part of one of the following RHS groups or initiatives Britain in Bloom (either at a regional or national level), It’s Your Neighbourhood, be a registered RHS Affiliated Society or part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Projects must be partnership based and intergenerational, so applications should demonstrate how young people will be involved and who else will be taking part.
This year applicants will be required to show how their transformations would fit in with at least one of the following themes. If your project idea addresses more than one of these, please describe the links and detail of how it would work:

  • Create a space that will help to address local issues caused by climate change. The RHS Gardening in a Changing Climate report is a great place to start!
  • Create a garden to help promote better health and wellbeing
  • Create a productive space with fresh, seasonal food to share and enjoy with others
  • Create a space for wildlife and to boost local biodiversity. Get some inspiration from Wild About Gardens
  • Or if you want to solve a different problem or challenge in your community through the power of plants, then us about it!

Further information, guidance notes and the application form can be found at the main RHS website here. Applications must be submitted by the 14th February.

If you have any additional queries, you can contact the RHS Communities Team at
Good luck!

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