I went to Binley Wood School in Coventry to visit their marvellous school garden and talk to the pupils about growing their own fruit and veg.
We planted young tomato plants in their greenhouse, and I showed them the best way to water their new plants. It was fantastic to meet all the pupils and staff who have worked so hard on their school garden.
Together, we launched Hozelock’s Gardening for Life Campaign, an initiative to get kids to spend more time in the garden.
A survey by Parentdish for Littlewoods found that 47% of British children spend less than two hours a day outside, which for me is a saddening statistic.
Gardening is a great hobby for people of all ages, but it’s particularly special for children. It’s a fun and healthy activity, plus it’s magical to see children’s sense of wonderment and satisfaction as they watch plants grow.
Gardening for Life is a great campaign to get more children into gardening, plus it’s an easy way to keep them occupied in the school holidays!
I’m always encouraging people to get children gardening – they love it!
David Domoney is a Chartered Horticulturalist, Broadcaster, and Author. David has worked with a number of the UK’s leading garden retailers as a plant buyer and strategic consultant. With more than 30 years experience, in horticulture, David is as passionate about plants now as he was when he bought his first plant at a village fete.