Chris Beardshaw Becomes Latest RHS Ambassador

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Plantsman and broadcaster to champion community gardening. Chris joins Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, Adam Frost, James Wong and Nick Knowles as RHS Ambassador.

Ahead of the launch of the 2015 RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, Europe’s biggest community gardening movement, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is announcing Chris Beardshaw as an RHS Ambassador, with a special focus on promoting community gardening.

Chris will join Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, Adam Frost, James Wong and Nick Knowles to champion the joy and benefits of gardening and support the UK’s gardening charity, the RHS.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “I’m thrilled that Chris is joining us as an RHS Ambassador to support and promote this life-enriching campaign. Chris is one of Britain’s best-known and best-loved gardeners and has long been involved with, and championed, community gardening projects. He is a close friend of Nick Knowles, who also has a keen interest in supporting our community gardening campaigns.

“RHS Britain in Bloom volunteers invest upwards of 10 million hours a year into greening up and cleaning up Britain’s villages, towns and cities. These volunteers create safer, happier environments, where crime is reduced, and transform disused spaces into beautiful places where communities come together and engage with each other.

“It’s critical we celebrate the incredible achievements of Bloom and the volunteers’ hard work, as well as encouraging more people to join in,” said Sue Biggs. “Without Bloom and its army of volunteers our streets would be more littered, our parks less cared for and as many as 5 million fewer plants may not be grown in community plots. We’re delighted with Chris’s support and look forward to working with him more over the coming years.”

Chris Beardshaw said: “I’ve been involved in many community gardening projects over the years and have seen first-hand the incredibly positive impact they can have on people living in the area and involved in gardening. They create friendships in streets where people didn’t even say hello, and make brighter, more beautiful places to live. It’ll be a privilege to celebrate the work of the Bloom volunteers and encourage more people to get involved.”

Chris will join Adam Frost on Friday 10 April to launch RHS Britain in Bloom 2015 with a special community transformation project, and he has other projects already planned over the year.

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About Chris Beardshaw
Renowned plantsman, designer and broadcaster Chris Beardshaw is involved with a wide range of horticultural projects and educational initiatives. His broadcasting career spans more than 17 years and he can currently be heard as a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time and seen weekly on BBC Two The Beechgrove Garden from April to October. For further details on all of Chris’s latest projects, please visit:
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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 211 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join  

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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