RHS Britain in Bloom - Edible Britain Campaign

This year, the theme is 'Edible Britain'. The RHS is providing 30,000 edible seed packets for groups and schools, so that 2,000 herb and vegetable gardens will be created all over Britain, between 7-14 April.

Raymond Blanc will be spearheading the Edible Britain campaign, beginning with the launch at the Tower of London on Monday 8 April.

Streets across the UK will be lined with herbs and vegetables for local people to harvest for years to come, as a result of the launch activity for Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom 2013. ‘Edible Britain’ will see community gardening groups create 2,000 herb gardens in public spaces around the country between 7-14 April. 

RHS community gardening groups, of which there are more than 3,000, can apply for free edible seed packets, provided by the RHS. 30,000 packets of seed, like chives, dill, parsley, carrots, coriander, spring onions, red frills mustard, marigolds, edible flowers like nasturtiums and much more, will be distributed to 2,000 gardening groups. 

Britain in Bloom promotes a healthy lifestyle across all generations. ‘Edible Britain’ will engage children in growing fresh produce, which is a well-established way to increase interest in healthy eating because it encourages a more knowledgeable relationship with their food. Community growing also allows older people, who form approximately a third of all Britain in Bloom volunteers, to stay active, feel less isolated and gain a greater sense of purpose. 

Anybody can set up or join their nearest group by typing in their postcode into an online map found at www.rhs..org.uk/getinvolved