The Royal Horticultural Society will invest £100million in the ‘future of gardening’ over the next 10 years.

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As predicted in Amateur Gardening’s 14 June issue, the RHS will search for a fifth garden, in an area where it has no presence.

It’ll create two inner-city gardens and redevelop the hilltop area at Wisley to create a new centre for science, learning and events.

RHS Hyde Hall in Essex (pictured) will get a new learning centre and teaching garden while the number of apprenticeships offered at RHS gardens will rise from eight to 22.

Director-general Sue Biggs described the ‘strategic investment programme’ as a “landmark moment for the RHS”.

Sue said: “We turned around a trend of declining members and visitors and we are in a strong position after years of growth.”

RHS membership has hit an all-time high of over 422,000. As part of its investment plan, the Society has vowed to improve the horticulture and infrastructure at its gardens.

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