The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has come a long way from its founding meeting in a London bookshop in 1804 and has been busy moving with the times.
Earlier this year the Society contacted its 500,000 members to set out plans to make the charity more inclusive, by allowing people to be elected to its ruling council (board of trustees) without first having to be a member for three years.
And today, it launches its sustainability strategy of planet-friendly gardening to encourage us to put our own gardens in order.
As our grandparents dug for victory when facing the threat of Nazi invasion, now the RHS is urging us to pick up our spades and trowels to fight the climate war by tackling greenhouse emissions and halting the decline of wildlife.
A YouGov poll found that only 19% of UK gardeners said they had adopted sustainable gardening principles such as saving water and making their own compost and other research found nearly 40% of gardeners used tools powered by fossil fuels.
Alan Titchmarsh has urged us all to make a difference and has decried people paving over their front gardens so they can charge their electric cars.
The RHS has listed ten achievable actions gardeners can take to help nature and the climate:
This is a great example of a charity focused on its purposes – here, the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches – but in a very modern context to address the climate emergency affecting everyone.
It’s a climate war, so dig for victory Gardeners are urged to work together in the battle to protect wildlife and the environment Will Humphries Monday September 13 2021, 12.01am, The Times Environment