The RHS Back to Nature Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival continues to encourage families and communities to engage with nature and spend time in the great outdoors. The garden highlights the important role nature can play in promoting well being.
Co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, the design is inspired by the original RHS Garden featured at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with many of the key features such as the waterfall, dens and hollow log returning, alongside new elements including a wildflower meadow, rolling hill and summer planting.
As with the original RHS Back to Nature Garden, this garden aims to highlight how time spent in natural environments can help in building the foundations for positive physical and mental well being that last through childhood and over a lifetime. These environments enable children to develop skills for life through active play, building confidence; strength; creativity; and resilience.
There is a pond to paddle in, a bug hotel that provides habitats for all sorts of wildlife, as well as the bee-friendly meadow that covers the hill, with plants including meadow buttercup, ox-eye daisy, red clover and common spotted orchid.
“It’s wonderful this collaboration with HRH Duchess of Cambridge continues and carries on inspiring families to get together and enjoy the great outdoors and get back to nature! The impact of the RHS Back to Nature Garden at Chelsea resulted in a record month for RHS membership, with over 12,000 people joining us in May to support our charitable work and get outside gardening! This is incredibly positive and shows how powerful this collaboration is, really motivating people to garden, grow and access outside space and nature, which is good for their health and well being and also for the environment. Sue Biggs RHS Director General
After the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, many of the plants, some of the trees, the hollow log, the dens and other key elements form the RHS Back to Nature Garden will go to a final destination – to be a part of a new children’s garden, at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.
The Garden at RHS Garden Wisley will also have a tree house and many natural play elements and will become permanent, much loved, feature in one of the world’s most famous gardens, for children and families to play in and enjoy.
👀 A bird's eye view of The Duchess of Cambridge's Back to Nature garden, which highlights how time spent in nature can help build the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime #RHSHampton— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 1, 2019
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