Go wild in the garden!

National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week, from 14th to 20th April, is run by the Royal Horticultural Society and aims to encourage people to get involved in gardening.

This year, the RHS is focusing on wildflowers. They want to help the nation plant wildflower meadows from mini-meadows in plant pots to transforming spaces in gardens. Some of their plans include hosting workshops at RHS Gardens and providing online advice, as well as a wildflower seed giveaway.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General says: “After enjoying the Olympic Park wildflower meadows in 2012 there is a great appetite from the British public to create their own version at home, which is great news for pollinating insects!”

Over the past 50 years there has been a huge reduction in wildflowers in the countryside, which play a vital part in biodiversity and creating a habitat for pollinating insects. Gardens are increasingly recognised as important sources of nectar and pollen for insects. Encouraging people across the country to plant wildflowers will help protect their habitat.

For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/National-gardening-week.