RHS to launch science strategy at MacLeod lecture

The RHS' annual John MacLeod Lecture on 29 October will be delivered by The Queen's botanist Professor Stephen Blackmore.

In his lecture, Gardening Planet Earth, Professor Blackmore will argue that society can’t continue to be passive and expect the government to fix the global environment - indeed, he believes they cannot do it.


He will state that our future quality of life will be determined by our individual actions, because it is only by taking action that nature, and the way of life we enjoy because of all that nature provides, will continue. He believes the old idea that nature can take care of itself no longer applies, and that gardeners have the right mindset and attitude to safeguard the planet.


Prior to the lecture, the RHS will reveal its plans to meet the challenge of climate change and help gardeners be more eco-friendly when it launches its science strategy.


The charity’s five-year plan of action focusses on "ensuring that the UK’s 27million gardeners have the tools they need to address the big challenges they will face in the future".

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