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RHS creates community gardening volunteering map

Howard Lake | 24 May 2011 | News

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has published the first online search tool for people looking to get involved in community gardening activities.
The site features a map showing volunteering opportunities around the country. Nearly 15,000 groups and schools involved in RHS Britain in Bloom, RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood and RHS Campaign for School Gardening are included and all need volunteers. The site lets individuals email whichever group they would like more information from and with which they may wish to volunteer.
The site went live to be ready for National Volunteers’ Week in June. Stephanie Eynon, RHS Community Horticulture Manager, said: “We receive many requests from members of the public and our own members looking to use their gardening and other skills to benefit their community. This site will help them, and anyone else, find RHS community gardening groups close to their homes where they can get involved.”
She added: “This is, I believe, the first-ever electronic gardening volunteering service in the world. Gardening is continuing to grow in popularity and we have noticed a significant increase in interest in both the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening”.
Photo: Volunteer flower by Cletus Lee on Flickr.com