The National Garden Scheme has welcomed Danny Clarke, garden designer, landscaper, TV presenter and self-confessed ‘friend of the earth’ aka The Black Gardener, as a new Ambassador.
Commenting on his appointment George Plumptre, CEO of the National Garden Scheme said: “We are all delighted that Danny has agreed to join us as an ambassador. His enthusiasm for the power of gardens and gardening to do good, not only for individuals and communities but for the wider wellbeing of the planet, fits perfectly with our work at the National Garden Scheme. One project in particular that he will help support is our expanding community gardens programme and we will be announcing our 2022 community gardens grants in a few weeks’ time. Having Danny on board will help highlight and expand the diversity of our gardens and encourage more people to discover the pleasures of visiting gardens.”
Commenting on his new ambassadorial role with the National Garden Scheme Danny says: “I feel humbled and honoured to be an ambassador for the National Garden Scheme who do fantastic work raising funds for worthwhile causes. It’s amazing that they have donated over £63 million to nursing, health and gardening charities over the years thanks to the generosity of garden owners up and down the country who open their outside spaces for the public to view and enjoy.”
Danny’s belief that having access to a garden is a right, not a privilege, fits with the National Garden Scheme top strategic priorities that everyone is equal in a garden, that gardens reflect the rich diversity of humans and nature and that gardens should offer the same inclusive welcome to everyone.
More about Danny
Danny Clarke, also known as ‘The Black Gardener’ is a professional garden designer and landscaper. A self-confessed ‘friend of the earth’, Danny is not only an experienced horticulturist but also an established TV presenter and expert.
Danny shot to fame as BBC’s The Instant Gardener. He currently co-hosts the Channel 5 series Filthy Garden SOS – transforming Britain’s most disastrous gardens. He can also be seen on ITV’s Love Your Garden, alongside Alan Titchmarsh.
Danny is passionate about making a difference to climate change and community integration. He is known for his charismatic and quirky approach to garden design which is fun and desirable to people of all ages. ‘Having access to a garden is a right and not a privilege’ and his biggest wish is that we make the most of our green spaces for the health of the planet, our communities, and our souls.
Following his passion, Danny also co-directs CIC Grow2Know, who are committed to inspire, heal and educate through horticulture. Embarking on a journey to make gardening more inclusive and nature accessible to all.