Attending the launch of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan this morning, Sue Biggs CBE, Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), comments:


“The RHS welcomes the government’s commitment to the environment today – any effort to leave the UK in a better state for future generations should be applauded and is at the heart of what we do. Our scientific research and school and community outreach programmes, including Britain in Bloom and Greening Grey Britain, have long proved that the benefits of plants and gardening extend far beyond the environment; helping to improve health and wellbeing and fostering stronger communities.


“For many, particularly those living in urban areas, gardens are just as much a part of the natural world as landscapes and national parks. That’s why we’ve spent the last ten years supporting the next generation of horticulturists by inspiring more than 34,000 schools and youth groups to get children growing through our Campaign for School Gardening. While we’re delighted that the government has announced plans to engage even more young people in the environment there’s also 27 million active UK gardeners and domestic gardens that are willing to stand on the frontline when it comes to greening our towns and cities.”


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