Keep Sussex Green - and let's make it greener!
It's all about turning hard grey areas into living, planted places. Their goal is to change 6,000 grey spaces by the end of 2017 and they are looking for people to make a pledge to turn a bit of grey into green.
You can do this by pledging to plant a tree, a shrub, a flower bed, a climber or a window box/container. You don't need a lot of room to plant these.
Plant a climber
Climbers go upwards, up walls, so take up very little room in a garden but they can change the look of a house. You can plant a tree on a small patio, for instance, or put up a window box full of colourful flowers. You can grow herbs on the window sill in your kitchen or on a balcony. Vertical gardens can add lots to a garden - you don't need a lot of space!
Plant a tree!
Trees provide homes and food for wildlife. They are cooling and some help clean the air. Some trees can be grown in big pots on patios. You could also send a tree to a friend as a gift, rather than flowers which don't last long.
Gardens are vital in urban and surburban areas. They help support wildlife and gardening is great for wellbeing, both mental and physical.
Help our wildlife
Greening our urban areas has a number of benefits and of course amongst these is a source of habitats for wildlife. Our wildlife are really suffering from a loss of habitat - somewhere to live.
Hedgehog Street is a campaign by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the People's Trust for Endangered Species to encourage individuals to help hedgehogs by making holes in their fences and walls which are big enough for hedgehogs to get through, to leave them cat or dog food, and water, and to leave a small part of their garden in a bit of a mess or even create a hedgehog home. Grow as many plants as you can in the space you have and put out a bird bath so that our feathered friends can take a drink. We've had a lot of pleasure watching the sparrows and swifts in our garden come for a drink.
The 'greening' campaign simply means growing plants wherever possible in any space, in towns and cities. Gardens make up about 25% of the land in most cities, say the RHS. This means we can really make a difference in our gardens, however small or large they are.
The RHS is asking all of us to come together and transform a grey space in your community or home with plants. Here are some ways we can green Great Britain:
There's so many ways to get 'Greening Great Britain'. Whether you have a small or large space – anyone can create a transformation and make a real difference. Join us and create green spaces that benefit wellbeing and wildlife in the community where you live.