The Royal Horticultural Society Community Outreach team for the East of England are working with Colchester Hospital, the East Suffolk and North Essex Trust and the Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity to create a wellbeing garden for staff and patients at the front of the hospital. They have been running a gardening club and workshops for staff both in person and online from houseplants to Christmas Wreath making.

Tuesday 26th March 10-1pmBig Seed Swap One Colchester Community Hub Long Wyre Street. Please come along and share seeds (Poster attached) Colchester the big seed swap 2024

Tuesday 26th MarchONLINE Peat Free Workshop at 7pm to 8:15pm on Zoom sign up will follow soon. This is an opportunity for In Bloom, Community groups and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups to find out more about Peat Free and find out how other groups are coping using Peat Free compost.

1st – 7th April Community Garden Week (could you do something that involves your community to showcase your hard work? Invite other community groups to your gardens? It is the Easter Holidays, so what about a family fun day?)

22nd – 29th April ‘Grow with it’ This year’s seasonal programme being delivered by the RHS. Here is the link to the page to register your interest and where you will receive updates.

Britain in Bloom celebrates 60 Years this year and their theme for 2024 is Friendship. The Royal Horticultural Society Community Outreach team would love to hear of stories from your groups, gardens and projects around the theme of Friendship. You can share them with Louise or send them to .

This would be the perfect time to sign your groups up to ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’. This will put your group on the RHS Map of Community Groups. Here is the link.