Welcome to the National Children’s Gardening Week Website
Children love growing plants, love being the garden but they are often impatient growers, wanting to see instant results.
National Children’s Gardening Week aims to capture children’s enthusiasm at a time when results are immediate.
National Children’s Gardening Week takes place annually in the ‘warm’ half term at the end of May.
This means that pretty much throughout the UK they can plant all the popular plants with little fear of weather damage or the need for complicated protective growing.
National Children’s Gardening Week is the brainwave of Neil Grant, Managing director of Ferndale Garden Centre near Sheffield who is also BBC Radio Sheffield’s garden expert and co-presenter of their weekly garden phone in.
After sowing the seeds of the idea to colleagues in the garden industry, the ‘seeds’ germinated into the first National Children’s Gardening Week will take place this year between May 23rd to 31st.
For the first year a ‘soft launch’ will allow garden centres to have a go and learn what children and their tag along adults respond to. All any garden centre needs to do is put on events, and activities during the week that children can take part in and take home. For this year the contact place is via Facebook where any one can post their event details and the results.
It’s FREE for Garden Centres.
Click here to download copies of the logo to use with the Garden Centres own promotional materials.
“I want garden centre to encourage young gardeners in a way that suits there business style and market. The only co-ordination we’d like is to use the logo to make it recognisable as we grow the idea. After that it is all your own project”, said Neil.
“There are many reasons why this is not a great week to run event like this, especially as this is such a busy week for garden centres, but that’s also one of the advantages. Gardening is proving to have many benefits to our lives and if we can encourage gardening and growing at a young age then the health benefits could become part of a healthy life. Apart from that is good fun if results are achieved quickly”.