The RHS Campaign for School Garden

Children picking vegetablesInvolving children in gardening has so many far reaching benefits from helping children understand the natural world and the links between humans and the environment, to encouraging them to try new foods and introducing concepts such as patience and even occasional failure. 

The Royal Horticultural Society runs a specific campaign to help inspire and support schools and to provide children with gardening opportunities that “enhance skills and boost their development”, and for those who think that perhaps gardening is boring and not likely to capture the imaginations of young children then you only have to look at this year’s space-themed scarecrow competition at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.Children watering

The challenge for schools was to create “space scarecrows” from plants and recycled materials and all the entries were incredible.  What a brilliant way too to link the excitement of Tim Peake’s recent space mission and tap into the various “Tim Peake school projects” that have been running recently.

This year’s competition has obviously just finished but there is still a chance to see some of the wonderful entries on the RHS school gardening link below, as well as lots of other gardening for schools ideas and more competitions.

                                             Gardening awards

Links

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/about-us

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-flower-show...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights/curations/z34wxsg

https://www.stem.org.uk/esero/tim-peake-primary-project

Thank you to the RHS for the use of their images