UK: PhytoLux at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

School children are to get the chance to grow space food thanks to a Royal Horticultural Society project to send rocket seeds to the International Space Station. Tim Peake will be taking the seeds with him when he embarks on his six-month Principia mission in November, as the first British astronaut to visit the Space Station. He is particularly aiming to inspire children with his mission and is focusing on healthy eating.

The project was officially launched by the Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and schools will be able to apply for seeds from September. The Rocket Science Discovery exhibit is located within the Discovery Zone of the Great Pavillion and features hydroponically grown edible plants grown under PhytoLux’s Attis-7 LED plant growth lights.

Visitors to the stand during the first 2 days included; Sophie Raworth, Joe Swift, Andy Spurgeon, James Wong, James Alexander, Jo Johnson (Science Minister), Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Philip and the Queen. As a direct result of the impact of this feature, local BBC radio stations carried out 14 interviews with members of the on-site team, as well as a number of filmed interviews to be broadcast in coming weeks.

Steve Edwards, Managing Director of PhytoLux, commented;
“It was a real honour to have been invited to provide our plant growth lights for this exciting new school children’s project at such a prestigious event. We have received some extremely positive feedback regarding the feature, with many visitors telling us how impressed they are with the impact created by our lights.”

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