The Duchess of Cambridge visited green-fingered youngsters at Robin Hood Primary School in Kingston Vale to learn more about the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening.
Helping to plant spring bulbs and build bug hotels
Her Royal Highness got straight to work with some of the school’s 5-11 year-old pupils by helping to plant spring-flowering bulbs, including daffodils and snake's head fritillaries and then build bug hotels for garden insects in the shadow of the school’s existing ‘Bug-ingham Palace’.
Speaking to keen young gardeners and teachers about the impact of gardening
During the visit, The Duchess received a briefing about the RHS nationwide campaign and heard from the keen young gardeners about the things they enjoy learning in a garden setting and from their teachers about its impact. A recent survey of those taking part in the RHS campaign found that four in five young people have used gardening to improve health and wellbeing.
Robin Hood Primary School is one of over 34,000 schools and youth groups now signed up to the RHS campaign. With support from the RHS, the school has developed a progressive outdoor learning curriculum where pupils have access to a range of outdoor classrooms within woodland. They give children the opportunity to explore the natural environment and take part in challenging yet achievable activities that bring their learning to life.
Pete Boulton, Headteacher at Robin Hood Primary & Nursery School, said:
'Our outdoor learning approach and gardening opportunities support children’s development, enabling them to develop their confidence and resilience in a sociable and stimulating environment. We’re delighted that The Duchess has given our garden and its keen gardeners her royal seal of approval, and we now look forward to welcoming the inhabitants of our newly built bug house and enjoying the colourful spring bulbs.'
Free RHS Campaign for School Gardening resources
Schools and youth groups can sign-up to receive free resources and support from the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Useful tools include seeds, plant labels, stickers and posters, as well as ideas for practical activities and lesson plans to help make the most of a school garden.