GTN January/February 2022 - Garden Trade News, UK

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Cultivation Street celebrates

10th year helping schools and communities Cultivation Street is the Horticultural industry’s longest running campaign supporting community and school gardening together. In 2022, the campaign celebrates 10 years of supporting schools and communities engage with plants and nature.


ver the years, Cultivation Street has awarded nearly £200,000 to communities and schools across the nation, as well as over 50,000 plants and gardening materials. They also support hundreds of garden centres by encouraging communities to engage with the front line of the horticultural industry. This helps to form relationship with garden centre retail staff and Ambassadors who are always on hand with advice and inspiration. To encourage the communities, there is an online resources centre, dedicated to giving hints and tips on starting, maintaining, and nurturing the gardens. There is a blog that is constantly updated with guidance ranging from sowing and growing fruit and veg to information on how to fundraise. It’s also a hub to keep up to date with stories of the amazing schools and communities that enter the Cultivation Street competition.

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Over the last decade, many national newspapers have dedicated pull-out spreads to Cultivation Street, including The Sunday People, Sunday Mirror, and The Daily Express. Features on BBC News & ITV have also showcased some of the competition’s many winners over the years. There is so much positivity surrounding this campaign

The Wonky Garden, winners in 2021

Community gardening creates harmony and integration of neighbours that is has inspired other horticultural associations and societies to come on board and support community gardening. The past 10 years has seen Cultivation Street enjoy sponsorship from the HTA, Syngenta and most recently for the last 3 years, giant in the gardening world, Miracle Gro.

Managing Director of Evergreen Garden Care, Mark Portman says, “It’s been a pleasure to be involved in Cultivation Street for the past few years and be sponsor again for its 10th year encouraging schools and communities to engage with nature and spread the love of gardening. At Miracle-Gro we’ve had the pleasure of supplying materials for these communities and schools and seeing them put to good use for some incredibly creative displays which impress the judges every year.” Founder of Cultivation Street, Chartered Horticulturist & Broadcaster David Domoney says, “I feel so grateful for all of the industry support in establishing the campaign that gives such an enormous contribution to society. Community gardening creates harmony and integration of neighbours, irrespective of age, background, ethnic diversity, gender, or ability. It’s a great equaliser and teaches us the importance and power of engaging