PlantNetwork is committed to creating and promoting an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all members are valued, respected and appreciated irrespective of age, gender, race and ethnicity, religion/belief, disability, sexual orientation, education, socioeconomic status and national origin. We also support and encourage members to create this same culture within their own gardens and organisations, modifying existing practices where necessary and removing barriers to more diverse and inclusive work places.
PlantNetwork also has a role to play in increasing diversity in horticulture, by actively supporting people from all backgrounds and all ethnicities in their horticultural career. This is an ongoing commitment and we welcome people from all backgrounds to work with us, so we can listen, learn, and take action to grow together.
Please get in touch with us to share your experiences – good or bad – and help us to make the changes needed to be more inclusive for all.
Statements and updates on diversity and inclusion
A number of organisations and individuals from across horticulture have been sharing their work on diversity and inclusion practices:
- Historic England has written a statement: “Heritage should be for everyone” and has updated its statement on contested heritage
- The National Trust has shared Histories of Slavery and Colonialism at its places
- The National Lottery Heritage Fund is launching a wide-ranging review of its approach to diversity and inclusion
- Racist Relics: An Ugly Blight On Our Botanical Nomenclature, The Scientist
- Why are black people under-represented in horticulture?, Horticulture Week
- Weeding out horticulture’s race problem, James Wong in The Guardian
- Black Landscapes Matter, book by Walter Hood and Grace Mitchell Tata (available to pre-order from Amazon and other book shops)
- Interview with Walter Hood: Black Landscapes Matter in The Dirt and TED2018
- Addressing racism past and present, Kew Read & Watch
Actions for PlantNetwork
The actions listed below are initial steps for increasing diversity and inclusion in PlantNetwork. We would like to hear from you if you can help us deliver these actions or can suggest practical measures:
- We are seeking more diverse representation on our Executive Board: please get in touch if you would like to volunteer or would like to nominate a colleague/coworker. Your background doesn’t have to be in horticulture – we welcome nominations from all individuals who would like to contribute to the aim and objectives of PlantNetwork.
- We want to promote people within horticulture from a range of ethnicities, ages and backgrounds. Please contact us if you or a colleague would like to take part in a podcast interview, contribute a blog or speak at one of our events/webinars.
- We want to link to or provide training on D&I in horticulture. Please get in touch if you would be interested in contributing to training provision.
- If you can suggest any relevant diversity and inclusion resources that we can link to via our ‘Resources‘ page, please do get in touch.