Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announces that The Newt in Somerset will be the new headline sponsor of the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the Charity Gala Preview for the next four years, starting when the event returns in May 2022.
The Newt in Somerset, a country estate with extensive gardens and woodlands, shares a belief in the vital good that gardens and having access to nature can do.
Funds from the sponsorship will help the RHS carry out its charitable work, which includes its scientific research, education and community programmes, and help safeguard the future of horticulture.
Sue Biggs, RHS director general said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with The Newt in Somerset because first and foremost, being a magnificent garden estate, they share our passion for horticulture and the enormous difference it can make. As our headline sponsor for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, they will gain unique brand exposure whilst helping support our work to inspire millions of people to grow and connect with nature through gardening.”
Edward Workman, chief executive officer, The Newt in Somerset said: “We are great admirers of the RHS. They showed immense resolve over the last year, when their green spaces provided solace and helped people maintain their mental health. They didn’t stop and their gardens look better than ever; I recently visited RHS Garden Wisley to see the new science facility at RHS Hilltop – the gardens were in excellent shape. We want to support the RHS and hopefully this sponsorship will strengthen them.”
To mark the new partnership, The Newt in Somerset has become an RHS Partner Garden and will give RHS members free access to the historic gardens during RHS Chelsea Flower Show week. There are no plans for them to create a Show Garden at the event.