'Places of Change' at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

At the 2009 Chelsea Flower show, the Eden Project collaborating with Homeless Link, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Department for Communities and Local Government exhibited the 'Key' garden. The garden was produced with the assistance of 200 homeless individuals, who helped with design, growing and maintaining. The silver medal winning success of this project was built on in 2010 where the team plus additional partners, put together a larger garden for Chelsea. This 'Places of Change' garden allowed homeless individuals to develop new skills, not only in growing, building and designing but also in hospitality and media during the show week. This aimed to act as a springboard to developing further training, confidence and qualifications.

In recent years flowers and plants from the show have been donated to charities such as St Mungos and Broadway, to be used for growing projects which help vulnerable and socially excluded  individuals.

The Virtual Garden can be viewed here.