Vertical veg man spreads the gardening word

In a week when the eyes of the world are on RHS Chelsea Flower show here’s a reminder of less rarified but no less vital gardening: Mark Ridsdill Smith (aka the Vertical Veg man) passing on basic skills to residents in Newcastle, with a little help from Melcourt SylvaGrow. Mark’s passionate belief is that communities can be brought together by helping them learn and share the joys of growing. Looking at the pictures, you would have to say that he is right and we are proud to support his efforts albeit in a very small way.

Mark also believes that it is possible to make even the smallest spaces productive. The picture below, which takes the old army expression of ‘fill your boots’ to a new level of meaning, proves his point perfectly!