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National Gardening Week 15th to 21st April

Posted Mar 16 2013 4:05am

Its National Gardening Week from 15th to 21st April and the RHS are celebrating by giving away 10,000 packets of wildflower seeds – they want to get Britain sowing!

The RHS and Mr Fothergill’s have donated 10,000 packets of annual wildflower seeds for people to sow acres of mini-meadows in plant pots and gardens. Find out how to plant a mini wildflower meadow at:

Why is Britain going wild for Wildflowers?

We want to help the Nation plant wildflower meadows from mini-meadows in plant pots to transforming spaces in gardens. Some of our plans include hosting workshops at RHS Gardens and providing online advice, as well as our wildflower seed giveaway.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General says: “After enjoying the Olympic Park wildflower meadows in 2012 there is a great appetite from the British public to create their own version at home, which is great news for pollinating insects!”

Over the past 50 years we’ve seen a huge reduction in wildflowers in the countryside, which play a vital part in biodiversity and creating a habitat for pollinating insects. Gardens are increasingly recognised as important sources of nectar and pollen for insects. It has been estimated that the value of insect-pollinated fruits and vegetables grown in the UK is about £220 million a year. Encouraging people across the country to plant wildflowers will help protect their habitat.

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