One UK city is aiming to capitalise on the surge in popularity of gardening by building a new £40,000 urban garden at its Botanical Gardens attraction.
People wanting to try gardening for the first time or make over their small outdoor spaces will be able to find inspiration at the Gardens in Birmingham – with the site of a former Hampton Court Flower Show garden being replaced with four areas that promise to showcase what can be achieved in a small urban space.
The gardens will also be used for demonstrations and activities that it’s hoped will inspire people to get gardening and learn to love flowers – which is proven to deliver multiple benefits.
Caroline Clutton-Brock, Chair of the Friends, said: “This may be for individuals who have no access to gardens, people who have downsized or for those who want to start gardening in a small way.
“There is strong evidence to support the beneficial effects of gardens and being outdoors on our well-being and health and the coronavirus pandemic has brought that into sharp relief. The Urban Garden incorporates both leisure and educational aspects and is very much part of 21st century living.
“We’re excited to see this corner of the Gardens being transformed into something fresh and new, and as an independent charity that relies on memberships, visitors, trading and charitable donations for funding, we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to be able to deliver it.”
The project is being supported by part of Birmingham City Council’s Local Innovation Fund, which was given to a Residents’ Society for the development of a community hub at the Gardens.
Peter Arnold, chairman of Calthorpe Residents Society, said: “We are keen to ensure that the Gardens remain a jewel in Birmingham’s crown. By promoting a Centre for Urban Gardening we hope to ensure that all city dwellers find it a place of inspiration and become members of the City’s gardening community.”
Work has just started on the Urban Garden and completion is expected in the autumn.
While Birmingham is focusing on small spaces, more and more cities across the world are developing evermore elaborate urban gardens and innovative city green spaces. Three of the most notable examples are: