Join us in the garden with the National Trust!

 

Between 28th May – 5th June 2022, we’re celebrating National Children’s Gardening Week!

We know it’s important to encourage future generations to get involved when it comes to growing plants and getting out in the natural world. Children often love the freedom of playing in green spaces and being given the responsibility of helping with gardening tasks. However, with any kind of gardening you may choose to do, there aren’t always instant rewards which can lead to impatience or disappointment.

 

By taking place at the end of May, National Children’s Gardening Week aims to capture children’s enthusiasm at a time of year when the weather is usually on the brighter side, and they can plant all their seeds with little fear of weather damage! A week that’s widely supported by the whole of the UK gardening industry, National Children’s Gardening Week helps to improve children’s concentration, creativity, knowledge and understanding of the world, and above all it’s great fun for all the family!

 

For more information about National Children’s Gardening Week, check out their website HERE.

 

 

Gardening is a fun way for children to enjoy spending time outdoors, it benefits physical health, mental wellbeing, social skills, behaviour and their learning. Studies have shown that children enhance their development of fine motor skills when they learn to use intricate movements, such as delicately handling roots and stems of plants, which also helps in other aspects of their school life, such as holding a pen or paintbrush. Their concentration, creativity, knowledge and understanding of the world around them is improved when the opportunity to spend time outdoors learning is combined with their curriculum in the classroom.

 

We know how rewarding it feels to see a project you’ve been working on come to fruition, and the same goes for gardening. Planting a garden helps little ones to be patient in waiting for nature to take its time to nourish and grow the seeds; the time taken to care for the seedlings and watch them as they grow pays off once the end product appears. When children see their efforts have paid off there is a great sense of pride and achievement, in turn this creates a positive cycle because once they know they are able produce these natural goods, they feel empowered to continue and produce even more.

 

Earlier this year we partnered up with the National Trust to create an exclusive range for little ones to explore the outdoors and get closer to nature!

From window boxes to allotments, we’re ready to help gardens grow with this bright, organic cotton Garden Growers collection inspired by the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities and the remarkable collection of gardens in their care. Encouraging children to spend time outside in nature has many benefits, through learning about the plants and animals we share our lives with, we are all more likely to care for their long-term wellbeing, which is a common goal for both Frugi and the National Trust. 

 

A National Trust survey revealed that 80% of the happiest people in the UK said that they have a strong connection with the natural world, compared with less than 40% of the unhappiest. It also reported that children who spend more time in nature are also more likely to care for the natural environment as they grow up. 

 

 

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?” – Robert Brault 

 

Why garden with children?

🌱 Messy play – a chance to get messy with a purpose

🌱 Teaches children the importance of team work

🌱 You can combine the outdoors with the curriculum

🌱 Understand the process of growing your own resources and food

🌱 Time outdoors – away from screens using hands to nurture something

 

What can you do?

First things first, we suggest you decide on the project you want your children to get involved with. Whether you’re planting a vegetable garden, searching for bugs or preparing flower beds for a plot of wildflowers, its a good idea to head to your local garden centre. They can offer advice, ideas and knowledge on products that will help you kickstart your gardening journey together.

 

On their website, National Children’s Gardening Week offer Things To Do, Eco-Friendly Activities, Events and Resources whether you’re planning to start gardening with your little ones at home or if you’re a teacher wanting to begin gardening with your class at school.

 

If gardening isn’t your thing, why not check out the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ to get some inspiration of other ways you can explore green spaces and spend your time outdoors.

 

Here at Frugi we have created more fun Frugi Time activity sheets for you to enjoy!

Check out the fab downloads available over on our Activities page – from handy Garden Markers, Gardening Milestone Cards for green-fingered beginners and a Flower Identifier Chart to help you spot the beauty in your local green spaces. PLUS so much more!

 

 

Grab your gardening gloves and get stuck in!

This year we’re celebrating our love of gardening with Burgon & Ball! We’re excited to be giving away a National Trust ‘Get Me Gardening‘ Children’s Gardening Tool Kit (worth RRP £155), PLUS £100 to spend on Frugi goodies! The perfect bundle to get little ones out in the garden.

 

This delightful collection includes everything needed for a fun day in the garden, whether that’s planting flowers and seeds, making a fairy garden, or exploring with bucket and trowel on a mini-beast safari! Sized to be comfortable for smaller hands to use, and featuring cheerful colours and cute garden wildlife characters, these adorable children’s garden tools are sure to help little ones’ green fingers to grow.

 

The tools are made to last, designed in steel and FSC®-certified hardwood, and every item in the range is CE tested, so you know it conforms to healthy, safety and environmental standards. The collection of garden tools for children has the feel-good factor too, as a minimum of £15,000 from sales of the Burgon & Ball x National Trust ranges will help to support the conservation activities of the charity.

 

 

One lucky winner will win the complete National Trust ‘Get Me Gardening‘ Children’s Gardening Tool Kit (worth RRP £155) which includes a spade, fork, rake, trowel and fork set, watering can, bucket, children’s apron, 2 sets of gardening gloves, and 2 garden kneelers. PLUS you’ll receive £100 that you can spend at welovefrugi.com!

 

For your chance to win this fab prize just enter your details below! Please note this giveaway ends midnight 5th June 2022.

 

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Find more gardening inspiration here…

 

Check out the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ activity list to whet your appetite for more garden adventures.

 

 

 

We chatted to Pam Smith, Senior National Consultant for Gardens and Parklands at the National Trust to discover how you can make the most out of your garden. Read the article HERE

 

 

 

Becky Cole joined us on the Frugi blog to teach us about slow living on Broughgammon Farm and how she’s encouraging her children to connect with nature each day. Read the article HERE