Gold winner of Chelsea Flower Show CAMFED comes to Eden’s Biomes

PUBLISHED: 12:23 06 November 2019

CAMFED garden giving girls in africa a space to grow

CAMFED garden giving girls in africa a space to grow


The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) African Garden, which won a prestigious gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier in the year, is being installed at the Eden Project,

On Friday, October 18 the garden will be open to view by the public in the Mediterranean biome. The area tells the story of how the CAMFED supports the most excluded girls and young women in rural sub-Saharan Africa to go to school, succeed and become leaders in their communities.

The gold-winning garden attracted a great deal of attention at Chelsea, not only by winning the gold medal but also the coveted BBC/RHS People's Choice Award in the 'Space to Grow' category. It helped to launch the international non-profit's #SeeGrowth campaign.

CAMFED's alumnae, one of whom inspired the garden, are committed to supporting more girls to go to school. They help build resilience to climate change, grow food to nourish school communities and create local employment.

The garden was created by leading London-based designer Jilayne Rickards, who had been inspired visiting CAMFED in Zimbabwe. Surprisingly, she was a first-time exhibitor at Chelsea and had no previous experience of creating a show garden. It was after meeting Beauty Gombana, a CAMFED alumna from Zimbabwe who runs her own agricultural business, growing nutrient rich crops and employing local staff. She allows her farm to be used as a learning resource and funds other girls to go to school.

Jilayne said: "It is really inspiring to know that our garden will live on at Eden and be enjoyed by millions of visitors. We hope it will continue to raise awareness about CAMFED's See Growth campaign.

"It has been empowering to bring two fabulous charities together that do such incredible work."

The garden will include biofortified food crops developed and delivered by international science collaboration, HarvestPlus; Enriched with vitamins, these crops support good nutrition in Africa, especially in mothers and babies.

The African-led movement has already helped 3.3 million children go to school, with nearly 140,000 young women in the CAMFED Alumnae Association leading the group. Last month, the Alumnae won the UN Global Climate Action Award in the category 'Women for Results' for effective and scalable solutions.

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