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RHS - Believe in Tomorrow Campaign
Inspiring children to grow
From creation to relocation, the 'Believe in Tomorrow' garden’s mission is to encourage more children to get outdoors and engage with nature. It will be one of the main attractions at this year's RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, however unlike most show gardens, this one is being created by children for children. In the lead up to the show, we'll be running gardening workshops with 5 south London schools in which the students can get their hands dirty, by growing the plants and building elements of the garden that will feature in the show.
During the show, different primary schools will bring children to the show to work on and enjoy the garden that they helped create. We'll also be producing a resource pack to hand out to visitors full of helpful tips and inspiration on how they can start reconnecting with nature. After the event, elements of the garden will be relocated to the schools that helped create it. Together we can give those children permanent access to their own green spaces and a lasting legacy for their community.
New research suggests kids are losing touch with nature
According to recent research, only 8% of British children (aged between 4 to 8 years) have ever picked an apple. The same research also found that 80% of children have never seen a rake and 79% believe that worms are bad for soil. Getting our children reconnected with nature is imperative to their future. It has a huge and lasting effect on their mental health and wellbeing, not to mention the health of our planet. This project hopes to engage children in the outdoors and nature.