Teach kids to garden, parents urged

A recent survey has found younger parents are less inclined to pass on knowledge of growing in the garden and greenhouse to their kids.

The Nfp Synergy research, carried out on behalf of the Childrens Society to coincide with its garden at this weeks Chelsea Flower Show, found a difference in how older parents educate their offspring.

Almost eight in ten (79 per cent) mothers and fathers aged 55 to 64 have gardened with their children, while 62 per cent of those under 35 have done the same.

The survey of 1,000 adults also found 57 per cent of younger parents feel their kids are in touch with nature, compared to 73 per cent of older ones.

"Creating small garden areas in school or at home encourages children to learn about caring and nurturing a plant," explained educational psychologist Laverne Antrobus.

She added youngsters who are taught to garden are more likely to try new foods and eat a healthy diet.

The Royal Horticultural Society, which organises the Chelsea Flower Show, recently announced it has received planning permission for a new learning centre at its Rosemoor Garden.