The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden at Hampton Court Garden Festival

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Duchess of Cambridge RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden
The Duchess of Cambridge in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed 'Back to Nature' garden during build week ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden at Hampton Court Garden Festival

  • Following its success at the Chelsea Flower Show, The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden will transfer to RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
  • Inspired by the original Chelsea design, the Hampton garden is double the size and includes new playful features to stimulate engagement with nature and free play, including a hill, a bee friendly meadow and a pond to paddle in
  • The garden will demonstrate the pivotal role that being outdoors can play in child’s future health and happiness
  • Her Royal Highness has invited children from her patronages to a picnic in the garden this afternoon [Monday 1st July]. Children from the Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be will join Her Royal Highness in a treasure hunt and insect spotting activity.

As part of her push to inspire families and communities to spend time in the great outdoors, The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden will transfer to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July. Thousands more families will be able to enjoy the garden, in addition to over 19,500 visitors who saw it at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The RHS Back to Nature garden at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is double the size of the original. The design has the same wild and natural feel but has been developed further in order to create additional opportunities for children and families to interact with nature. The design for this garden has once again been created through a collaboration between Her Royal Highness, landscape architects Davies White and the RHS.

As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, The Duchess believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness. Her garden highlights how time spent in natural environments can help build the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime. Features like the hollow log and rustic dens will return from Chelsea, in addition to a new hidden burrow, rolling hill and stream. These environments enable children to develop skills for life through free play, building their confidence, strength, resilience and social skills.

In addition to the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, spending quality time with parents and carers outside has a valuable impact on children’s early development. In the garden, families can explore together and enjoy nature as a playground. There is a pond to paddle in, a bug hotel that provides habitats for all sorts of wildlife, as well as a bee-friendly wildflower meadow.

This afternoon [Monday 1st July] The Duchess will host a picnic for her patronages in the garden. Children from the Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be will have the opportunity to explore the garden and experience the positive effects of spending time outside. Children from the patronages will also bring their family members, carers and teachers to enjoy the garden, and demonstrate the importance of their role in raising a child. Her Royal Highness will join the children in a treasure hunt and insect spotting activity before having a picnic in the middle of the garden.

To learn more about The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden, be sure to get a copy of Royal Life Issue 43 today.

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