RHS ‘Believe in Tomorrow’ Children’s Garden
Inspiring children to grow
From creation to relocation, the ‘Believe in Tomorrow’ garden’s mission is to encourage more children to enjoy, interact with and learn from the great outdoors. Together we can give urban schools and communities the chance to be inspired by the small pockets of time and nature they have.
Children spend less time outside than prisoners
According to a recent study*, over 60% of children around the world spend less than 60 minutes outside every day – less than the mandatory time allocated to prison inmates. Getting our children reconnected with nature is imperative to all our futures and to their happiness in this digital age. It has a huge and lasting effect on children’s mental health and wellbeing, not to mention the health of our planet.
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow
‘Believe in Tomorrow’ is a vision for the ideal primary school garden. It will have education at its heart, and is designed to engage and inspire both children and adults alike. It will be part oasis, part playground and part classroom. The garden will feature edible planting beds which children can pick from and taste, and secret pathways for them to explore. A log arch, fire pit, and pond will offer even more opportunities to learn and be inspired.
Most importantly, this garden is part of much bigger project. With your support, I will be running workshops with London primary schools and local community gardens in the lead up to the show. Together, we’ll be growing plants from seeds that will feature in the show, learning about gardening and garden design and even building the wooden boats that will set sail on the garden pond.
During the show, different primary schools will bring children to the show to work on and enjoy the garden that they helped create. Thanks to your support we’ll also be producing a resources pack to hand out to visitors full of helpful tips and inspiration on how they can start reconnecting with nature .
After the show, your funding will ensure that the garden can be relocated into different communities and schools within London, so it can keep supporting people where they need it most. In turn, these communities will also get the tools and know-how they need to make their gardens flourish.
We are currently crowdfunding for this project and have a fantastic range of rewards in exchange for your support. These include press tickets to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, garden consultations, a Frog bike, growing packs, and personalised hand-made wooden boats.
And for businesses, there’s the opportunity to become one of the garden’s main sponsors. The Hampton Court Flower Show is broadcast live on the BBC, receives loads of positive press attention and attracts around 140,000 visitors every year.
About the team
I’m Seonaid – I live in Brixton and run a garden design company called ‘Sprout Up’. I love helping urban families, primary schools and nurseries get the most out of their outdoor spaces. I also run a regular gardening club for Brixton school kids, so I’ve seen firsthand just how much children can benefit from spending more time in nature.
I’m being supported by a growing list of community gardens, schools and local businesses. This is the first time an RHS show garden has been crowdfunded by both individual and corporate donations and the project’s main objectives are to bring urban kids closer to nature and to demonstrate that educating our children about the great outdoors is a responsibility we all share.
The list is still growing but currently with huge thanks to Provender Nurseries. Milestone and Garden Affairs.
* The ‘Play In Balance’ report, commissioned by Persil in 2016.
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