Grow Social is a new RHS initiative designed to help combat social isolation.
Loneliness is now more widespread than ever, affecting people of many backgrounds, ages and locations, and has been shown to be linked to poor physical and mental health.
Through their work the RHS have seen how plants can bring people together in multiple ways and how the act of growing and caring for plants has many benefits for wellbeing, as well as the environment.
Grow Social is a chance to share what you love about plants with other people in your community and an opportunity to reach out to those who need it most, by undertaking small acts of kindness and giving people simple ways to connect with nature.
They’ve put together a number of resources to provide you with some tools and inspiration to help you to:
• connect with others in your community
• inspire people to try something new or share their own skills
• empower people to be involved, by welcoming them in and sharing what you do
How does it work?
They are inviting groups, schools and individuals to spread a bit of sunshine. Whether you want to let your neighbour know you’re there for them with a doorstep plant drop or you want to encourage your community outside with a treasure trail – the brief is wide open as they want to see your creativity shine!
Sign up for a free Grow Social pack containing sunflower seeds, growing instructions, stickers and a poster to help you take part. You’ll also receive an email full of other ideas and tips to get your community growing and connecting.