There’s been a huge increase in interest in gardening and nature during lockdown – especially among young people who perhaps wouldn’t normally be associated with gardening. A third of a million Britons have visited the RHS website for advice, seed companies saw a 600% increase in sales and a recent poll showed that 7 in 10 of us think gardening has helped our mental health. Most young people, though, don’t have their own space for gardening, and often don’t feel it’s for them anyway, so how can they access and be part of the benefits a garden brings?
Tayshan Hayden-Smith, known as the Grenfell Guerrilla Gardener, founded the Grenfell Garden of Peace and set up Grow2Know, a community interest company which focuses on empowering young people through horticulture and creating a more inclusive environment. He doesn’t fit the normal profile of a gardener. He is young, of mixed heritage & is passionate about being a part of a more inclusive environment on the horticultural scene.
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