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HAMPTON COURT GARDEN FESTIVAL 2023

We were privileged to be invited by the RHS to attend this years Garden Festival at Hampton Court Palace Gardens, London. I took part in a forum about recruiting volunteers into community gardens, which was useful as we have just built one at North Downs Primary School in Surrey.

We were encouraged to arrive early and visit the stands and display gardens. I was very lucky to meet Carol Klein (BBC Gardeners World) and Asa Gregers-Warg (Head Gardener, Beth Chatto Gardens) to discuss and share ideas about gardening with wildlife and drought-tolerant gardening methods.

GROW WILD – OUR PARTNERSHIP APPROACH 2024

Hi friends & followers this is a post about our new collaborative approach to promoting wildflowers, plants and fungi with the amazing team at the Grow Wild UK programme.

Grow Wild is the national outreach learning initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Community Programme offers grants and training sessions to community groups across the UK. The team from Kew support projects that aim to transform urban spaces, bringing people together to value and enjoy UK native plants.

For a second year we are providing courses and workshops about growing wild plants and gardening for biodiversity to their members and community groups across England, Wales and Scotland.

WE ARE THE ARK – ACTS OF RESTORATIVE KINDNESS

As outdoor learning practitioners and exponents of lifelong learning we are continually reading, discussing new ideas and exploring opportunities to improve our activities. We have recently read ‘We Are The Ark’ by Mary Reynolds (ISBN: 978-1-64326-178-2) and ‘The Biodiversity Gardener’ by Paul Sterry (ISBN: 978-0-691-24555-3) that both promote the idea of gardening for biodiversity and developing from a gardener to a guardian of nature. This revised approach is being incorporated into our activities and we have joined the ARK project.