Royal Horticultural Societys fifth garden aims to help generation rent get greenfingered

first_imgRHS Garden Bridgewater will be the society’s first new garden in 17 years, and the director is looking to open up the world of horticulture to “a new generation of gardeners”.Anna da Silva, the Programme Director of the project said: “Encouraging young people and the next generation of gardeners is something we are incredibly keen to do at RHS Garden Bridgewater. The Kitchen Garden, which will offer everyone chance to learn about the enormous benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables, is just one of the ways we are doing this.” The RHS is attempting to encourage people of all backgrounds including students and young offenders into the hobby, and is opening up its teaching allotments to schools, as well as operating programmes aimed at young offenders.Ms da Silva said: “We are also building two classrooms and creating a Learning Garden, and over 75 % of schools in the area are already signed up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Although we won’t open until 2020 we have already held days at the garden for groups of young offenders aged 13-18 and police cadets, are building links with the local pupil referral service, and  have around 20 ongoing projects with colleges and universities. “We are aware that Manchester is a young city, with a very high student population, and are actively looking at the many ways we can work young people and share with them how rewarding and enjoyable gardening can be.”The Walled Kitchen Garden will be one of the largest of its kind in the UK, and will sit alongside an education garden, a therapeutic garden, two lakes and community spaces.The Bridgewater project joins other RHS gardens Harlow Carrow in North Yorkshire, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in Devon and Wisley in Surrey, The Royal Bank of Canada Garden by Charlotte Harris at Chelsea Flower Show Credit: Heathcliff O’Malley The Royal Horticultural Society’s fifth garden is aiming to encourage young people in “Generation Rent” to grow fruits and vegetables in small spaces.Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg, both of whom won Chelsea Flower Show, with Mr Bugg becoming the youngest winner in 20 years at age 27, are basing their Kitchen Garden on innovative uses of different-sized spaces.Young people, the majority of whom rent their homes in the private sector, often do not have access to a garden. The designers hope their kitchen garden will show ‘Generation Rent’ how to grow produce in flats and on balconies.Ms Harris told The Telegraph: “We’ve designed the Kitchen Garden so that there are lots of examples of differently-sized spaces and hope to inspire young people – and indeed people of all ages – to just give edibles a go, whether they have their own balcony in the city centre or a corner of the family garden in Stretford that they’ve made their own. “We’ll be trying out new varieties that can’t be found in the supermarket but can be grown at home, to create that integral connection between cooking and growing.” The design for the Kitchen Gardencenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Royal Bank of Canada Garden by Charlotte Harris at Chelsea Flower Show  The design for the Kitchen GardenCredit:RHSlast_img read more

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