17 May 2021

To celebrate Children’s Gardening Week (29 May – 6 June) Bannockburn House is giving away over 75 mini growing kits to local childminders and nurseries.

Local nurseries will be given fruit and veg packs, including strawberry, blackcurrant,  gooseberry, parsley, chive, lettuce and cabbage plants, to start their growing journey. While childminders will be given ‘veg head’ kits containing peat free compost, pea shoots and a watering spout; with young tots encouraged to draw funny faces on their plant pot and watch the ‘hair’ grow.

Chloe Taylor gets creative with one of the veg head kits.

Head Gardener Kate White said: “Introducing children to gardening brings a world of benefits, from simply spending time outside and learning new practical motor skills to gaining a sense of responsibility and ownership that comes from growing a plant from seed.

“Our veg head project is a fun way to get young children involved in gardening. Like many simple but effective gardening projects it doesn’t need to be a complicated activity, just an opportunity to get your hands dirty and get growing.

“We hope the children will have fun growing pea ‘hair’ and giving the plants some fun hair-cuts! As well eating what they have grown.”

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