Gardening can bring people together, helping to connect us with each other, ourselves and with nature. That is why we are encouraging you to make new connections in your community by growing together.
Health and wellbeing is very important to us at the RHS and following the Government’s latest advice and the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we are recommending that all groups postpone their Grow Social events.
Despite this, Grow Social is about trying to help combat social isolation and your efforts are needed now more than ever. Please remember to check in on your neighbours and those who may be feeling isolated, and to also look after your own wellbeing. Maybe get creative with growing at home in your garden or on a windowsill.
What is Grow Social?
Grow Social, our brand-new initiative for 2020, is designed to bring people together using the power of plants.
Loneliness is a major health concern in the UK, affecting people of many backgrounds, ages and locations, and has been shown to be linked to poor physical and mental health.
Through our work we have seen how plants can bring people together in multiple ways and how the act of growing and caring for plants has many benefits for wellbeing, as well as the environment.
Grow Social is designed to give you the opportunity to share what you love about plants with other people in your community by holding an event so that many more people can benefit from being involved, either by just enjoying your space, using their skills or learning new ones, all while having the chance to socialise and chat.
We've put together a number of resources to provide you with some tools and inspiration to help you to:
connect with others in your community
inspire people to try something new or share their own skills
empower people to be involved, by welcoming them in and sharing what you do
How does it work?
We are inviting groups, schools and people to host an event where others in your community can feel comfortable to join in, try new things or just have a good chat. Events can be whatever you make them, all we ask is that you try to involve plants in some way. For example you could host a nature walk, a tea tasting, a planting session or a botanical craft session - the brief is wide open as we want to see your creativity shine!
To help with your planning, we have lots of great downloadable resources.
Who can take part?
Anyone can host an event but you may find it easier to host as part of a group or in partnership with another local group. We don’t mind how you shape your event, we just hope we can inspire you to share your passion for plants with others.
Why should you take part?
Grow Social is about helping people feel more connected, particularly people who may be feeling isolated or lonely.
But we also hope that Grow Social will give you the opportunity to achieve a number of your own goals such as:
sharing your love of plants, gardening and/or the outdoors
meeting new people
creating new links in your local community
finding new volunteers if you need them
raising awareness of your work in the community
raising money for your group or a charity
When can you host an event?
The ongoing situation with COVID-19 means that we are recommending that all groups postpone their Grow Social events until later in the year.
Applications have now closed for our Grow Social event packs but you can still get involved! Why not check out our online resources?