"It’s clear that people are keen to reconnect with where their food comes from. We’re supporting this burgeoning interest by encouraging people, groups, societies, garden centers, nurseries, and other organizations to showcase their edible expertise, and highlight all things grow-your-own.” -Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticulturist
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.
National Gardening Week 2019 is held between April 27th and May 5th. And is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
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.
The annual event started eight years ago and has grown in popularity every year with National Gardening Week 2018 seeing hundreds of events taking place around the country and thousands of people sharing their ‘passion for plants’ on social media.
Think of an event you could organize to celebrate 'Edible Britain'
Here's a few things you could do:
Open up your garden, venue, allotment or vegetable plot to the public.
Transform or clean-up an unused area in your neighborhood 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
Organize a plant sale and share edible plants that people can take away and grow at home or in their community.
Tell us what you’re doing to celebrate Edible Britain by using the #NationalGardeningWeek hashtag on social media. Post a photo or video to show us what you’re growing and tag the RHS, we'll be sharing our favorite posts throughout the week.