Garden Club President Jonathan Ross rooting for a successful RHS Dig Together event
Celebrity gardening enthusiast Jonathan Ross is supporting the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual Dig Together event which celebrates the UK’s garden and allotment clubs and the role they play in communities.
Jonathan Ross, Honorary President of Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society with film producer wife Jane Goldman; said, “Gardening clubs are great for getting together, getting outdoors and exchanging gardening know-how. You can go along and learn about anything from how to grow your own veg to how to prune a bonsai tree - we’ve learnt so much from our own society.”
The aim of the RHS annual Dig Together Day – which takes place over September 4-5 - is for garden and allotment clubs to throw open their doors to inspire new generations to get gardening.
The RHS recently conducted a survey of 100 of its 2,800 affiliated gardening clubs and horticultural societies and found, in just one year, 50% of clubs had seen an increase in membership.The average membership for clubs was found to be around 130 members, with the 40-60 age range making up 31% and the 60 plus making up 59%. Reasons for joining varied: 84% listed social reasons, 79% said learning and sharing information, 12% said health benefits and 58% membership benefits.
Stephanie Eynon, RHS Community Horticulture Manager said, “Whatever you’d like to know about gardening, it’s likely that someone in your local gardening club will have the answer. Visit your local Dig Together Day event in September and learn more about growing your own, get expert advice from knowledgeable gardeners, or just join in with a local gardening activity!”
To find out more on Dig Together events in your area visit www.rhs.org.uk/digtogetherday.
Article posted on 28 Aug 2010.