The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates ten years of the Campaign for School Gardening

Her Royal Highness visited a Level 5 school to mark our birthday

30 November 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge visited green fingered pupils at Robin Hood Primary School in Kingston Vale on Wednesday 29 November, to celebrate ten years of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Her Royal Highness got to work with some of the school’s pupils; helping to plant winter bulbs - including daffodils (Narcissus ‘February Gold’) and fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris) - and she helped to whittle insect-friendly sticks to add to the school’s bug hotel, aptly named ‘Buggingham Palace’.

The Duchess heard from the keen young gardeners about what they enjoy most about learning in a garden setting, and from teachers about the benefits of outdoor education. A recent survey undertaken by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening found that four in five member schools use gardening to improve young people’s health and wellbeing.

Robin Hood Primary School is one of over 34,500 schools and youth groups now signed up to the Campaign, which calls for all children to be given the chance to garden.

With support from the RHS, the school has developed progressive outdoor teaching, giving pupils access to sensory and woodland classrooms. The children have opportunities to explore the natural environment and take part in activities that bring learning to life.

Ruth Evans, RHS Director of Education, Funding & Communities said: ”We’re tremendously honoured that the Duchess of Cambridge has taken the time to see first-hand the huge and positive impact that gardening can have on children’s educational attainment and health and wellbeing. The RHS Campaign for School Gardening is building an army of school gardeners that are already helping to protect and nurture our invaluable green spaces in towns and cities, and lend a helping hand to important and varied wildlife.”

Schools and educational groups can register with the Campaign for School Gardening for free, to receive gardening support and advice, and take part in our School Gardening Awards scheme.

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