NYR Community gardens project

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It isn’t just what you read that counts… it’s where you do it!

Research shows that the right environment matters to many readers, and that reading in gardens and parks is uniquely enjoyable. This summer we will be running a campaign to encourage communities to create reading gardens.


Show Garden

The campaign launches with the National Year of Reading show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (8-13 July). Have a look at the design of the garden and you can read a diary entry from the garden’s designer, Sally Court, reporting on the garden's progress in the lead-up to the show.


Communities (libraries, schools, youth clubs etc) will be offered the chance to ‘win’ the garden, to be ‘recycled’ into a community location where it can make a real difference. The competition will be launched on 26 May. Full details on how to enter will be available shortly – keep checking back here for more details.

Reading Spaces Challenge

In partnership with Business in the Community, the National Year of Reading is running a Reading Spaces Challenge. This challenge will engage with business volunteers to deliver reading spaces and reading support to local primary schools. Three pilots will be taking place in Bradford, Manchester and Nottingham.

Find out more

To find out more email rob.compton@bitc.org.uk

More information about how to build a reading garden in your community will be available here shortly.

A pithy gardening quote

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

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