Altons Garden Centre supports Dame Helen Mirren's recent call to teach children gardening

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Urges schools to educate young people on the benefits of learning gardening

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A talent such as gardening should not go to waste, but should be grown and nurtured in order for children to benefit from the results. Not only is it an educational experience, it’s extremely enjoyable too.

Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren has called for gardening to be taught across schools, receiving the backing of many supporters including Alton Garden Centre.

Speaking at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013, the actress explained that there was a severe lack of gardening knowledge amongst the younger generation, and that it should be encouraged in schools as “it’s such a positive thing to do and very useful”.

Alton Garden Centre’s marketing manager, James Oxley, said: “It’s fantastic that we have such a high-profile name echoing our thoughts exactly. With celebrated horticultural occasions such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live, this culture is gradually becoming accepted by both young and old gardening enthusiasts – but it’s important that children are exposed to this at an early age, in a bid to influence a growing number of future horticultural experts.”

Another backer of Dame Mirren’s speech includes actress Joanna Lumley. “The problem, of course, for children who live in the cities, is getting them access to gardens,” said the Absolutely Fabulous star. Despite the recent brilliant weather encouraging more people to take advantage of the glorious sunshine, unfortunately this is an obstacle that needs addressing – but with over 12,000 schools and educational establishments signed up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening campaign, it is hoped that children will be able to venture into the great outdoors right on their school’s doorstep.

“We have every hope that this project will inspire children to literally go down the garden path,” added Oxley. “Self-sustaining habits are crucial, and with more young people growing their own fruits and vegetables, why not encourage those even younger to actively use their school garden? A talent such as gardening should not go to waste, but should be grown and nurtured in order for children to benefit from the results. Not only is it an educational experience, it’s extremely enjoyable too.”

A little goes a long way to creating a pleasant outdoor area, from planting colourful flowers to investing in decent outdoor furniture such as garden benches and charcoal barbecues. For an outdoor experience that brings together a quantity of designer names as well as quality, check out the selection of Altons garden furniture sets only at http://www.alton-gardencentre.co.uk.

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