Sue Biggs, director general at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), has welcomed prime minister Theresa May’s launch of a ‘25 year environment plan’.
She said 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”. She added: “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.”
Biggs said that particularly those living in urban areas, gardens are “just as much a part of the natural world as landscapes and national parks”, and said this was the reason for the RHS spending the last decade “supporting the next generation of horticulturists” by inspiring more than 34,000 schools and youth groups to get children growing through its 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,” she added.