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Greener gardening at Chelsea - Green Living - The Ecologist

Greener gardening at Chelsea - Green Living - The Ecologist

attracts more than 157,000 visitors over five days, drawn by the prospect of wonderful design and colourful blooms. But it’s not all about competitive garden design: this year’s show will also have much for environmentalists. RHS Environment is a new initiative that focuses on showing the rest of us how to maximise the planet friendliness of our green spaces – however small. ‘Lots of vegetables, such as courgettes, grow well in containers,’ explains Dr Rebecca Slack from the University of Leeds , one of the exhibitors in the RHS Environment section. ‘Buying peat-free compost is something everyone can do, irrespective of the size of their outdoor space.’ Leeds will be displaying a bee-friendly garden (pictured below left) with the aim of introducing the concept of urban ecosystem services to the gardener. ‘Urban ecosystems such as gardens, parks, roundabouts and so on can o...

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