Greening Grey Britain
Trees and grasses swaying in the wind, roses and dahlias adding pops of vibrant colour, and bees buzzing around nectar-laden shrubs and bushes. What’s not to love? We all enjoy wandering through green spaces, and the benefits they bring to us.
Green space makes us feel better, fact. As a society, we’re increasingly becoming aware of the impact that nature and green spaces have on our physical and mental well-being. Despite this, all is not rosy in the nation’s front gardens. They’re disappearing at an alarming rate – more than 4.5 million of them contain no plants at all, and a quarter of front gardens are now totally paved over. But does this really matter? Despite multiple studies that show the positive effects of green spaces, very little work has been done on front gardens.
This is where we would like your help!
Is your front garden paved over, or simply looking a bit too grey? Or perhaps a friend or neighbour needs some help transforming their urban space? Why not get out in the garden this weekend and add some green to that grey!
It can be incredibly straightforward to get involved in Greening Grey Britain – you don’t need a RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal to get involved! Some ideas you could explore include:
- Replacing a brick wall with a hedge, or adding climbers to your wall/fence to add colour and provide nectar for pollinators
- Adding a windowbox on your front windowsill
- Adding containers near your door or down the sides of your driveway, and adding plants to any available, unpaved space
- Taking up some paving slabs and planting with bee-friendly, hardy plants
- Replacing your paved driveway with permeable paving, or with low-growing plants to take advantage of the space wasted between the wheels underneath your car
No matter how big or small your ‘greening’ is, it can have a huge benefit to yourself, your community and to wildlife. We’d love for you to head to www.rhs.org.uk/ggb and promise your support by letting us know what you’ll do to add a splash of green to the grey!
For more information about our Greening Grey Britain campaign, including tips, case studies and more, visit www.rhs.org.uk/ggb. You can also keep up to date on Twitter (@the_rhs) and get involved using #GreeningGreyBritain.