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We recently spoke with Clare over at Grubby Little Faces about attitudes towards gardening, seasonal planting, and the importance of people becoming more and more involved in growing their own food. Check out what Clare has to say on the matter below!   1. When did you first form an interest in gardening? I grew up amongst a family of gardeners. My parents & both sets of grandparents had beautiful gardens, which they spent a lot of time looking after. My parents used to take my brother and I around garden

As gardeners we all value the natural environment, and while our focus might be on plants, trees, lawns and flowers, it’s important not to forget that other creatures like our gardens too. Squirrels, bees, blackbirds, sparrows and starlings are all common sights in most well-kept gardens but there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other visitors who we can enjoy – and help. Hedgehogs, field mice, frogs, toads and newts, lizards, slow worms and grass snakes as well as lesser spotted birds like tawny owls will all make use of

Children are spending less and less time outdoors – and it’s having an impact on their development, well-being, and mental health. A recent study revealed that 74 percent of children spend less time outside than prison inmates. Although prisoners get at least one hour a day in the open air, the survey of parents found that nearly three-quarters of 5-12-year-olds were inside almost all the time, playing on screens. Research for Persil’s Dirt Is Good campaign shows that those children are not learning essential skills. They aren’t exploring parks or

The times when teachers take their class outside are etched in children’s memories. Escaping a hot stuffy classroom can do wonders for children’s concentration and open air learning is sure to refresh teachers as well. Schools are waking up to the idea that gardening is not just a fun way of taking the odd lesson in the summer – it can provide real benefits to children’s educational achievements. Evidence is mounting that designing, planting and maintaining a school garden can improve science results, social skills, and children’s attitude towards healthy

We all know how important it is to get children into gardening – they spend time outside, learn about nature and gain pride in seeing the fruits of their labours. But we also know that getting kids involved can be difficult. They have shorter attention spans and can be impatient for the results of their gardening efforts to appear. With that in mind, it’s useful to approach children’s gardening as a series of projects. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, you’ll find that having a plan for your children’s

With the lure of so many different sorts of screen available indoors, children are spending less and less time outside, less time being active and less time in the real world. Gardening is a great way to counter this. In the garden they’ll be spending time in the fresh air, taking pride in planting and growing their own food or flowers and learning about how nature works. So learning gardening at a young age is very important because it gives children a chance to develop green fingers. Things that might

If you have a garden shed, some energetic children and a little bit of free time, then you have all the ingredients you need to create a magical extravaganza this Christmas – by making your very own Santa’s Grotto. It’s simple to do. Some Christmas lights, tinsel and a seat for Father Christmas are the basic components of a Christmas Grotto.  It will be great fun for the children to help you decorate Santa’s seat and come up with ideas for how to arrange things. The only hard work involved

Do you have Britain’s most spectacular backyard build? If so, BBC Two want to hear from you. For their upcoming new series, they’re looking for Britain’s most passionate inventors, creators, makers, and engineers to showcase and celebrate the innovation that Britain has to offer. Throughout the UK, extraordinary things are being made, from back garden rollercoasters to homemade helicopters! The BBC are looking for people to take part who are crazy about creating their own inventions at home and who love to engineer something spectacular. This could be existing inventions

Traditionally the garden shed has simply functioned as a storage space for lawn and garden tools. However, people are finding new and inventive uses for their garden sheds ranging from outdoor entertainment spaces to home offices and art studios. One of the newest trends has been to turn the structure into an edible garden shed. One example of this trend is the Eathouse garden house that has living walls as well as a living roof. This combination garden shed and garden was constructed with metal pipes and crates stuffed with

Visiting just about any English garden is probably the highlight of any keen gardener’s trip around the UK. Gardening traditions in the UK go back to the 18th and 19th century botanical collectors, horticulturalists, and landscape artists. Interest in gardens in this day and age crosses all social boundaries and ages. Fortunately, England has a number of beautiful gardens; some even offer something for people to see throughout the entire year. Here is a list of a few must see spring gardens in the UK: 1. RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

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