BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 22 May '18

Thousands of plants and materials from the world’s most prestigious flower show to be rehomed

This spring, the landscape, architecture and art collective Wayward is collaborating with Barking Riverside London and DF Clark to produce an innovative recycling scheme: to rehome thousands of plants and materials from the world’s most prestigious flower show.

A lasting legacy

As part of an ambitious community exchange in its third year, with the support of a volunteer team, thousands of recycled plants and materials will be redistributed to local schools and community gardens, creating a lasting legacy for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (22-26 May).

Katherine Potsides, RHS Chelsea show manager, said, ‘An important part of any RHS Chelsea garden is that it lives on after the show for the benefit of people and communities. We look forward to working with Wayward, Barking Riverside London and DF Clark, to rehome as many of the plants and materials from the Show as possible, and have invited RHS Britain in Bloom and RHS Campaign for School Gardening Groups to get involved and benefit from these amazing recycled elements.’

Plants and gardening materials will be distributed to eligible community groups across East London and beyond from Barking Riverside London, one of Europe’s largest new housing developments and London’s only Health New Town.

To help strengthen a healthy community, plants from last year were distributed to 25 different groups, including seven groups at Barking Riverside, where gardens are now flourishing.

Homes for unwanted plants

The initiative is part of the House of Wayward Plants, a long-term project run by Wayward that facilitates large-scale community plant exchanges and adoption events for unwanted plants. This will be the third year that Wayward, an award-winning collective of designers, artists and urban growers, is the Official Reuse Partner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

‘Wayward has facilitated plant exchanges for over a decade. In our third year as the official recycling partner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we’re working with Barking Riverside London to create a vehicle for the sustainable re-use of plants and materials in the capital.’

HEATHER RING
Creative director of Wayward