National Gardening Week commences on April 10, 2017 and is a fantastic opportunity for budding gardeners to get their green fingers ready.
The national awareness week was launched by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2001 as a celebration of gardening, offering encouragement and inspiration for new gardeners, and tips and advice for those with a little more experience.
How can you get involved?
There are lots of great activities to take part in, whether as a group, at an event, or an individual event. You can view some of the official events here, but if you’re looking to host your own, why not try:
- A garden party for your neighbours, friends, and family
- Park and green area community clean-up
- Helping older people with their allotments or gardens
Don’t forget to share your efforts with the RHS and Cloudy2Clear across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Activity ideas for you and your family
There are plenty of smaller activities you and your family can participate in, whether that’s getting the grandchildren to plant seeds, attract butterflies, or even building a tree house! We’ve listed a few of our favourite ideas below for you to choose from:
- Plant a tree
- Planting up containers
- Growing your own vegetables
- Creating a Pinterest board of your favourite flowers
- Make your own plant markers
- Use egg shells to grow watercress eggheads
- Try growing a bean in a jar for a great way to bring science and gardening together
Get fit and healthy in your garden
Remember, your garden isn’t just for growing beautiful flowers and plants, as well as supporting your local wildlife. It’s an opportunity to get outdoors and get fit. The focus of this year’s National Gardening Week is health and fitness, so as well as using your garden to grow nutritious vegetables, you can also use it to get active! Some great ways to get involved include:
- Organising a boot camp style class in your own garden or even local park
- Taking care of the harder gardening jobs, like raking, weeding, and turning your soil
- Creating a circuit training course on your lawn