Plant Heritage to run RHS Chelsea Flower Show cloakroom for 9th year

Plant Heritage is gearing up to run the busy cloakroom for its ninth year at this year’s prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 
A team of 100 volunteers ranging from 6th formers to active retirees from the charity’s membership groups based around the UK will be looking after the Show visitors’ belongings. Over 161,000 visitors are expected at this year’s Show year, which runs from 23rd May to 27th May. 
The cloakroom offers a safe haven for all items including coats, heavy luggage, cumbersome shopping bags, plants or picnic hampers. In return, Plant Heritage asks for a donation, however small, to help the charity continue its plant conservation work. Plant Heritage works with its members to safeguard the rich diversity of cultivated plants across the UK, through different projects such as the Plant Guardian Scheme, National Plant Collection® scheme and Threatened Plants Projects. 
This will be the eighth year Wendy Bentall from Plant Heritage’s Surrey group has volunteered as a member of the cloakroom team. 
Wendy says, “The camaraderie and atmosphere at the Show is amazing. We look after not just coats and suitcases but items ranging in size and shape from spiky metal sculptures, wedding outfits, golf clubs to Brompton bikes and of course there is a fair amount of trees and shrubs on the last day. I really enjoy meeting and talking to the wide range of people attending the Show, many from overseas and seeing the occasional familiar face.
“The opportunity to raise vital funds for Plant Heritage, a charity which helps to secure the future of the UK’s cultivated plants forever, is also extremely important. Being an active member of my local group in Surrey enables me to meet many like-minded people, who love plants as much as I do, and I enjoy the opportunity to visit new gardens and attend plant events offered by becoming a member”.
Plant Heritage is also delighted to be partnering with and supporting the next generation of horticulturists from Sparsholt College with their display at this year’s Show titled: The People’s Plants: Past, Present and Future. The People’s Plant’s promises to be a great representation of the breadth of Plant Heritage’s work and a showcase of the range of plants held by National Collections or by Plant Guardians. You can visit Sparsholt College’s display in RHS Discovery, stand GPH 243. 

Membership of Plant Heritage costs £30 a year and helps to secure the future of the UK’s cultivated plants forever.
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