19 May 2008

The Children's Society Fronts New Category at Chelsea

19 May 2008

Building on the success of last year's Iggy Pop inspired entry, The Children's Society return to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this May. The Children's Society Garden is an urban space for the future, where families can spend time together and children can learn about environmental responsibility.

A new category for 2008, the Front Garden tackles controversial issues regarding loss of front gardens for alternative purposes such as parking. The Children's Society Garden explores future urban living, giving practical solutions for the environmental concerns of city families.

The Children's Society front garden offers a low maintenance design that makes the most of a small urban area, giving children a space they can enjoy with friends and family - without the need of concreting it over. Designer Mark Gregory said: "This is a garden with children and families at its heart. This design proves that you can have a practical, usable space and be environmentally responsible. The Children's Society Garden is a garden for future generations - we're making front gardens green again."

Melinda Messenger, TV presenter, mother of three and Celebrity Mum, launched the charity's garden with children's TV favourites, Great Uncle Bulgaria and Wellington of the Wombles. Melinda said: "I'm so chuffed to be at the Chelsea Flower Show this year supporting The Children's Society Garden. It's great the charity wants to make front gardens green again. As a mother I think it's really important that we create safe, fun spaces for our kids to spend time and learn about the environment. The Children's Society Garden shows that you can have a practical child-friendly space that is still definitely a show stopping garden."

Mark Gregory is a veteran of the Chelsea Flower Show and hopes to add to his impressive medal tally collected both as a constructor and a designer. Richard Johnson at The Children's Society, said: "The Children's Society Garden looks to the future. Our garden aims to inspire adults to explore utilising their front garden space for their families and the environment - giving children a space to enjoy their childhood."

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 May 2008. Visit The Children's Society website at www.childrenssociety.org.uk

To book interviews or further information please contact David Hudi-Dinnage or Paul Martin at The Children's Society 020 7841 4422.

Notes to Editors:

The Children's Society is a leading national charity, driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. We provide vital help and understanding for those forgotten children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage in their daily lives; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else.