The Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden, which won a prestigious gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, is now being installed at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The garden is due to open in the Mediterranean Biome at Eden on Friday, October 18.
The garden was created by Jilayne Rickards, who was inspired by visiting CAMFED in Zimbabwe. At its centre is a classroom surrounded by lush planting, reflecting a huge array of edible crops typical to rural Zimbabwe. A raised bed showcases water-efficient growing technology coupled with crop rotation, which maximises yield from a small area.
The garden attracted a great deal of attention at Chelsea, not only winning a gold medal but also the coveted BBC/RHS People’s Choice Award in the ‘Space to Grow’ category. It helped launch the international non-profit’s #SeeGrowth campaign, through which CAMFED aims to support thousands more young women to establish climate-smart agricultural businesses.
At Eden, home of the world-famous Biomes, it will be enjoyed by more than one million visitors a year.
Eden horticulturist Sarah Northcott led the growing of nearly 1,000 plants at the project’s nursery.
Some were grown at the nursery by People and Gardens, which works with people with physical and emotional impairments.
Eden Head of Horticulture Paul Stone said:
“We share with CAMFED a commitment to sustainable agriculture and education and have been very happy to partner with them on this inspiring garden. We’ll continue to tell this great story when the garden opens at Eden.”
The garden will include biofortified food crops developed and delivered by an international science collaboration, HarvestPlus, which receives funding from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Enriched with vitamins, these crops support good nutrition in Africa, especially in mothers and babies. DFID, through UK Aid, is a long-standing investor in CAMFED’s programmes to educate girls and support young women in sub-Saharan Africa into independent livelihoods and leadership positions, including in climate-smart agriculture.