This week (30 April - 6 May) is National Gardening Week. What better time than now on May Day to get outside and enjoy a garden?
On the National Gardening Week website there are some fantastic ideas for getting community organisations and charities involved this National Gardening Week, including:
- Get your group together and transform or clean-up an unused or neglected space in your area (with permission)
- If you have a garden or space, hold a garden party to celebrate the work you do. Invite your friends, neighbours and the community and show them how they can get involved
Hold a fundraising event to raise money for a project your group is working on. Hold a cake sale, sponsored weeding marathon, organise a garden party
Organise some family activities. Get children to make a paper pot inspired by your organisation and plant a sunflower seed inside. Run a mask making or face painting session with butterflies, flowers, bugs and beasties as themes. Make flower and leaf collages or herb teas
Do you already hold regular meetings or events? List them on the National Gardening Week website to reach potential new members
Invite your local Britain in Bloom group in to give a talk on their Passion for Plants
Invite in an RHS expert and run a mini-gardeners question time event – if your group is active on social media, you could broadcast this on Facebook Live
Talk to local schools about their green space and ask if your group can come in and give a talk, help out in the garden or run a workshop with a class/after-school club
Invite a local expert to give a talk or masterclass on a specific subject such as orchids, growing herbs or similar.
Organise a community ‘greening’ event: invite the public to come along and plant up baskets and containers to display in community spaces or help out in gardens
On CommunitySpaceBook we also celebrate our groups who centre their work around community gardens. We have Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens who look after and maintain these lovely historical gardens in the seafront town of Waterloo, North Liverpool. If you're local, check them out - volunteers always welcome.
We also celebrate with Horticap in Yorkshire who provide adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills. In addition their garden, wildlife area and shop are open to the public every day from 10am until 4pm (the tearoom is open until 3.30pm).
So on this May Day what about a bit of plant power in your community? Hopefully some of these ideas have given you inspiration to get in the garden wherever you are.