RHS Greening Grey Britain – transforming the UK from grey to green


We need your help in sparking an urban gardening revolution! From streets to rooftops, driveways to playgrounds, we are on a mission to Green Grey Britain.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has a vision. To enrich everyone’s lives through plants, and to make the UK a greener, more beautiful place. The RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign is designed to fight the grey in our country, and to enhance our urban areas by introducing nature.

We are making a stand against the concrete sprawl and are calling for people to get ‘Greening Grey Britain’! Turn unloved and unspectacular parts of your neighbourhood into something beautiful. Make your garden even greener. Help us to Green Grey Britain!

The increased amount of paving in the UK, especially front gardens, is a critical issue, and an issue that we know people care about! 60% of people in the UK worry about paved front gardens and flooding. 61% say paved over streets sadden them. Plus, 90% of people say they are happier when looking at gardens!

Our aim is to show how easy and beneficial it is to get involved. From pulling up a paving stone to plant a square of lush greenery, through to creating a herb-filled window box.  No matter how big or small the act – everyone can get involved and help to Green Grey Britain!

Benefits of Greening Grey Britain

Gardens play a crucial role in urban and suburban areas, and will potentially become even more important in the future as our climate changes. From helping protect us against flooding and extremes of temperature, to supporting wildlife and helping gardeners to be healthy, having green space is vital for us all. Gardens can provide an amazing range of benefits, including:

  • Improved air cooling. Making it more bearable in towns and cities in hot weather.
  • Insulation of buildings by garden vegetation.
  • Improved air quality.
  • Storm water mitigation which helps to reduce garden flooding.
  • A source of habitats for wildlife.
  • Improved physical and mental health and wellbeing for people who garden and enjoy the green space.

 How Can I Help?

Greening towns and cities might sound like a grand idea that gets undertaken by your local authority. But, in fact, it is easy to take simple steps in your own garden.

From planting a wall shrub to growing a few more plants for wildlife, it can really make a difference. Whilst you may only own a small garden, if lots of people do something, the results will really add up. Four easy ways to green up your garden include:

  • Plant climbers and wall shrubs
  • Grow plants for wildlife
  • Use permeable paving
  • Plant a tree

 What next?

We’re asking people to get involved and to do their bit – you can pledge your support at www.rhs.org.uk/ggb, where you will also find a selection of case studies about what we’ve done so far, plus great advice and tips on how you can bring some green to your garden, neighbourhood or local area.

You can also get involved on social media using #GreeningGreyBritain – keep an eye out for tips, and share your transformations with us!