“Please help the RHS to ensure the survival of vital horticultural skills and knowledge.” Alan Titchmarsh
This year, to coincide with the celebrations surrounding 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital, the RHS has launched the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal, to raise £1 million to help them inspire today’s young people, and future generations, to love gardening.
Creating tomorrow’s horticulturists
There are currently more than one million under-25s out of work in the UK. Yet there are thousands of vacancies in the horticultural industry. The RHS are introducing apprenticeships to RHS gardens to help bridge the green skills gap, and engaging with schools through the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, to help ensure that the vital skills and expertise of todays’ gardeners are passed on to the next generation. Only then can our precious green spaces be safeguarded, maintain our ability to grow our own food, and keep Britain a green and beautiful land.
Inspiring the next generation to safeguard the planet
We need to inspire more young gardeners to get involved and help shape a greener environment. Creating more green spaces and nurturing gardens will help to control rising temperatures in our cities, prevent flash flooding and provide important habitats for wildlife, including the pollinating insects that are such an essential link in our food chain. And developing cultivars that can cope with a changing climate will aid future sustainability.