Children learning gardening skills for life

The RHS claim that 40 per cent of youngsters in the UK are being taught to garden at school and 76.2 per cent of those children regularly use their school’s garden if it has one.

Director-general of the RHS Sue Biggs said schools are desperate for more help from local parents to build and maintain school gardens but nearly half of parents believe that their children know more about gardening than them and thus wouldn’t be able to provide much insight.

“When children learn to garden it is a skill that stays with them for life, something they will use and fall back on as they grow up,” she added.

The National Trusts in Wales recently set up a Wild Child programme, which was aimed at encouraging five-to-12 year olds to rediscover the excitement of being outdoors