Parents not teaching kids greenhouse skills

A study carried out by Nfp Synergy on behalf of the Childrens Society has found some adults are not passing on gardening and greenhouse lessons to their offspring.

In a survey of 1,000 mothers and fathers, 62 per cent of parents aged 35 and under said they had gardened with their kids.

This contrasts with the 79 per cent of older parents (aged 55 to 64) who have passed on their horticultural knowledge.

Coinciding with the charitys garden at this weeks Chelsea Flowers Show, the research also shows 92 per cent of adults agree it is important for young people to learn how food and plants are grown.

While almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of older parents feel their children are in touch with nature, the figure stands at 57 per cent for younger parents.

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

The Chelsea Flower Show is being organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

It began today (May 19th) and will run until May 23rd.