The latest edition of the RHS magazine ‘The Garden” carries an article entitled “Towards a new urban front garden”. It’s all a part of the ‘Greening grey Britain’ campaign. The RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign has a focus on front gardens and greening up grey spaces. To learn more, get involved in the campaign, or see more ideas for garden greening, visit the Greening Grey Britain home page at the RHS website (www.rhs.org.uk/ggb) and click on the links. These include:
•Why greening grey Britain is important, for background on the subject;
•Why we all need Greening Grey Britain, for a PDF of the 2015 RHS report setting out the benefits of greenery in urban areas;
• Choosing tough plants, and with advice
on creating beautiful, low-maintenance
designs ideal for front gardens.
Front Garden Survey
An on line survey on attitudes to front gardens, part of a study by RHS PhD candidate Lauriane Chalmin-Pui, runs until April. For more, and to take part, visit: http://www.rhs.org.uk/front-garden-survey
Read the article here rhs_frontgardens02017-02
Here are two poems that have been inspired by the sentiments of the Bring Fronts Back campaign. Many thanks to Philip Shamplina for sharing them with us. It’s great to see our ethos expressed in verse:
Front garden, no more, its not
Looks just like a car lot
Cars, one, two or three
Doesn’t look like austerity
Some are new and some are older
All belong to the householder
Some are taxed, no M.O.T.
All insured, that will surprise me
Hard standing where there used to be flower beds
Now dark oil patches here instead
Tyres, wheels all over the place
Unkempt, dirty, what a disgrace
Philip Shamplina aka “The Street Poet” 19/2/2013
BRING FRONTS BACK
Gardencheck is a simple method by which we can assess our streets and begin to change attitudes among householders, policymakers and everyone else with a stake in places where people live. Continue reading Gardencheck is a simple way of rating front gardens
One of the appeals of gardens is that they look neat and intentional. It is very unusual for a completely wild garden to look right in front of a house. We have an idea in our minds that a garden is managed and maintained. However, ecologists would question some of the fundamental ideas behind gardening and garden maintenance. In particular the traditional monoculture of the lawn is something quite artificial. But then gardens as a whole are artificial.
While we would be the last to criticise self-expression in the front garden –eccentricity can add vitality to a street– it’s a good idea also to recognise how your house and garden participates in the overall street scene when contemplating change. Continue reading A house is not a street!