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National Children’s Gardening Week 2022 May 28 – June 5

Did you know that soon it is ‘National Children’s Gardening Week’?

This is a special week from the end of May to the first week of June that celebrates all the wonderful fun children can have in the garden!

This is a great educational week and opportunity for children to start exploring, begin to understand how things grow and what is involved in looking after a thriving garden. The week is also a wonderful opportunity for everyone to join in – parents, grandparents, teachers, carers, aunts and uncles – the more the merrier!

Children love being in the garden and also get such enjoyment & excitement from growing their own plants. The only downside is that things can take rather a long time to appear! We can’t speed up nature of course, but to help things along a bit, National Children’s Gardening Week chooses the last week in May every year, as this is the best time to plant because it is known (in gardening circles) as ‘warm’ week.

So ‘warm’ week means that pretty much everywhere throughout the UK, children can plant all the popular plants with little fear of weather damage or the need for complicated protective growing (which gets very boring!).

National Children’s Gardening Week was the brainwave of Neil Grant, Managing director of Ferndale Garden Centre near Sheffield. He is also BBC Radio Sheffield’s garden expert and this national initiative is now widely supported by the whole of the UK garden industry.

It has grown (excuse the pun!) into an annual festival of fun that is embraced in homes, schools, and community groups across the country. It also supports a wonderful charity called ‘Greenfingers’ which is dedicated to providing magical gardens for children in hospices suffering from life limiting illnesses.

If you feel like you would like to get involved, have a look at the ‘Things to do’ section of the website: www.childrensgardeningweek.co.uk. There are lots of lovely resources and creative gardening ideas to get stuck into!

The aim and objective of National Children’s Gardening Week is to get as many schools, children and their families as possible to be involved and to have a go at some fun gardening projects and activities.

So, what are we waiting for? – let’s get gardening!

May 20, 2022

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