A Brixton gardener will be presenting her ideas to get more children outdoors at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July writes Emma Bartley
Children from five South London schools, including Jubilee Primary School and Richard Atkins Primary School in Brixton will be attending workshops in the Believe in Tomorrow garden created by Seonaid Royall of Sprout Up.
Unusually for a garden at the prestigious RHS show, Believe in Tomorrow has been crowdfunded, with hundreds of small individual donations raising more than £13,000 of the £15,000 needed so far. To support the project and find out more, visit the crowdfunder website.
Designed to reconnect the city’s children with nature, it will be part oasis and part classroom, featuring edible planting beds, a fire pit and pond, as well as secret pathways to explore. “The wider aim of the project is to give children the chance to get their hands dirty for once and be inspired to spend more time outdoors,” says Royall.
After the show, different parts of the garden will be relocated to the schools and communities that helped to build it, giving them permanent access to the health and wellbeing benefits that go with spending time in nature.