Plans to benefit the community were a focal point in last week’s landscaping and horticulture news. Not only have the RHS launched a Greening Grey Britain campaign, new comments have been made in support of the Garden Bridge, which is currently in development.
Developments in the RHS Greening Grey Britain Campaign
According to an article on Horticulture Week online, the horticulture industry has not yet seen the potential of ‘greening up’ areas in the public realm. Professor Nigel Dunnett, who is a sustainable planting design expert, explains that there are opportunities to be had.
As part of RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, which encourages the public to plant up their front gardens, Dunnett was invited to create a garden for its Hampton Court Palace Flower show.
The 430sq m garden that he created alongside the BBC and The Landscape Agency, was for St Mungo’s homeless hostel in Bristol, and named the walk-through Community Street garden. Featuring interactive details such as a smoke machine representing air pollution, thermal imaging, and a water pump, the garden helped to convey the positive impacts of planting. To this effect, the design incorporated a food forest, rain gardens, raised planters, meadows and a drought-tolerant driveway.
The key message that Dunnett hopes to get across is that making places beautiful in the public realm such as schools and supermarkets should be a priority to horticulturists. He explains that even the most green-fingered people needs to do more to improve biodiversity in their gardens.
Further Support shown for the London Garden Bridge
In other news from Horticulture Week, as Garden Bridge plans remain underway, Jim Gardener, who is RHS executive and Garden Bridge trustee, explains how the plans will benefit the horticulture industry as a whole.
The bridge, which is seeking public funding as well as private donations, will offer significant benefit to the community, according to the article. Although it is expected that some people will be negative about the Garden Bridge, Gardiner trusts that Dan Pearson’s design will be extremely popular amongst the community.
What do you think?
Are you in support of the Garden Bridge and plans to ‘green up’ Britain? Or do you think there should be a different focus in the landscaping industry? Have your say below…