The information below has just come in to The Plant Enthusiast from the National Gardens Scheme, it makes some interesting reading on engaging children in the garden…
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Support your child’s education this summer with a visit to an NGS garden
Children can really relax and have fun during the Summer Holidays – but they can also make exciting discoveries that will help them when they go back to school. A visit to a National Gardens Scheme (NGS) garden is an excellent way for all the family to have fun together, and is also a very enjoyable way to help children develop their knowledge of the natural world and cover areas of the National Curriculum.
Do you know how to ‘identify and name a variety of wild and garden plants?’ Could you name any ‘deciduous and evergreen trees?’ Well maybe a six year old could help you, as that is what children are expected to learn in Year 1 at school. The recently updated Science curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2 has a strong focus on plants and trees and their basic structure and habitat. There really is nothing better than experiencing flowers, plants and trees at first hand to further a young person’s education and to encourage a love of all things green, so why not visit an NGS garden this summer?
George Plumptre, NGS Chief Executive, says ‘Gardens can give children a great sense of freedom, beauty and enjoyment, especially if they don’t have easy access to nature in their home environment. We are looking to entertain many young visitors to NGS gardens over the Summer Holidays, and hope that by doing so we will be helping to create the next generation of gardeners and garden lovers.’
Visitors to NGS gardens will also have the benefit of contributing to wonderful causes, as approximately 80p in every pound raised at the garden gate goes to the NGS beneficiary charities in nursing and caring, which include Macmillan Cancer Support and Carers Trust.
Admission charges to NGS gardens are very reasonable, usually around £4 for adults and in many cases free for children under 16. You can find gardens open near you at www.ngs.org.uk. Visit the ‘Gardens for children’ page on the NGS website to download a Garden Activity Sheet featuring the CBeebies television characters the Numberjacks.