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We’ve Had An Upgrade

Delighted to announce that we have just been allocated a larger plot size of 10m x 10m for our Chelsea Flower Show garden, and have been relocated closer to Main Avenue – do come and visit us on RHW/289.

Fortuitously, we have enough plants to cover the new size, shown growing here at the Eden Project where the garden will live on after the show.

Also growing for us is People and Gardens, a charity that support people with learning disabilities into horticulture.  PaG have some growing space at The Eden Project and this is a joint message between them and CAMFED as to how education dramatically improves peoples lives and communities.

CAMFED Garden Design RHS Chelsea Jilayne Rickards

Next up was meeting CAMFED Zimbabwe team Faith Nkala (Country Director, CAMFED Zimbabwe) and Sinikiwe Makove (Head of Programmes) to better understand how CAMFED works to support schools and communities in rural Zimbabwe. 

Then on to KweKwe, in the centre of Zimbabwe.  On the way we went through beautiful rural settings.  The warm colours from the iconic red soil and bold rocks scattered throughout the landscape is something I will use in the garden to give a sense of place.

 

Our first stop was the Ministry of Education for permission for us to visit the schools.

And then to meet Beauty, who has been a major inspiration for the design.  Beauty was supported through school and on to agricultural college by CAMFED. She now runs a thriving agricultural business. She is a skilled farmer, carefully monitoring her yields from different crop varieties, and reinvesting profits into her company. As a successful Camfed ‘graduate’ she now helps pay for girls in her community to stay in school, and also allows her business to be used as a learning resource for the local school. 

Visiting her business and understanding how keeping her in education has facilitated economic growth in her local community was the inspiration behind the theme of the CAMFED garden.

Lastly but not least, I needed to understand the plants that are easily and typically grown for food in Zimbabwe, those that are taught about in schools and colleges for cultivation by women to feed their families, or those women starting up their own agricultural businesses.

    

 

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