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New RHS ambassador Mary Berry champions growing your own and visits to Wisley

PUBLISHED: 15:32 10 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:43 10 July 2014

Mary Berry poses at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Mary Berry poses at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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Bestselling author and cook Mary Berry has been announced as the latest RHS ambassador at the world’s largest annual gardening event, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

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In her new role, Mary will champion growing your own food and her favourite garden, RHS Garden Wisley near Woking.

Mary becomes the fifth RHS ambassador, joining Alan Titchmarsh, James Wong, Nick Knowles and Adam Frost.

“I’ve been a member of the RHS for 30 years, supporting its charitable work and enjoying many visits to Wisley,” says Mary.

“We also have a culinary herb garden, grow fruit and vegetables in our garden and enjoy cooking the produce we’ve grown. Our latest success was fennel bulbs, which I love. I’ve yet to perfect celeriac - the results have been rather pathetic!

The announcement comes as a recent survey, commissioned by the RHS, has found the top three reasons gardeners grow food are because it tastes better than shop-bought food, saves money and is better for the environment.

“People are less likely to discard food they’ve grown, and consuming fresh produce close to where it is grown saves transport and packaging, and, of course, food will be fresher,” says Guy Barter, RHS head of gardening advice.

“With more than half of gardeners who don’t grow food saying it is lack of space that puts them off, we need to promote further the many ways people can grow fruit, vegetables and herbs in small spaces, from apples in pots and tubs to herbs in windowboxes on windowsills and balconies.

In her role as an RHS ambassador, Mary Berry will also be opening the RHS Wisley Flower Show on Tuesday September 2.

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