Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, opened her Back to Nature play garden on Tuesday, 10 September
The 37-year-old royal opened the new garden at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley in Surrey this week, and was joined by the likes of former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry, who is also an ambassador for the RHS.
The garden marks Catherine’s final garden opening of the summer season, and includes two connected tree houses and slides, as well as a “bouncing forest” complete with trampolines.
Catherine is hoping the opening of the play garden will encourage families and friends to have fun together and embrace the outdoors. She created the space using inspiration from her previous projects, which she co-created with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, with input from the RHS.
The gardens were previously exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show and the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “We are grateful to the duchess for the incredible impact that this Back to Nature collaboration has had
“There is no doubt that this project, through her passion and vision, has highlighted that access to natural environments and green spaces isn’t just a nice to have, it’s vital to have.
“This is something that the RHS also strongly believes in and will continue to champion through our Greening Great Britain Campaign and charitable work.”
Catherine is known for her love of gardening, and recently said she’s instilling her passion for the outdoors in her children, as 16-month-old Prince Louis loves being in the garden.
The royal – who also has six-year-old Prince George and four-year-old Princess Charlotte with her husband Prince William – said: “The experiences we gain during our earliest years influence who we become as people. They influence how we interact in school, in work and in society and ultimately how we bring up our own children.
“Whether it’s planting, exploring, digging, creating or playing, quality time spent outside provides children with the perfect environment to form those positive relationships with the people in their lives and the world around them. As a parent, I’ve learned just how important it is to foster our children’s development in all areas – not just physical – as soon as they are born. We build the blocks, the foundations, for future success and happiness later in their lives.”
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🚜 Today The Duchess of Cambridge opened the #BacktoNature play garden at @RHSWisley and attended the Back to Nature festival with @The_RHS Ambassador Mary Berry, which celebrates the value of communities to our wellbeing and marks the culmination of the RHS garden project. The Back to Nature play garden was inspired by The Duchess’s designs and includes elements such as the hollow log 🌳 from the #RHSChelsea Flower Show garden, and the wildflower meadow 🌼 and rolling hill ⛰️ showcased at #RHSHampton. New features include two connected treehouses and slides which encourage families and friends to have fun together in a natural environment. The garden was designed by landscape architects Davies White with input from the RHS, and will be a permanent installation at RHS Garden Wisley. Her Royal Highness has spent much of the last eight years meeting charities and organisations who work every day to make our families and communities stronger. The Duchess took the opportunity to invite many of them to the ‘Back to Nature’ Festival to celebrate their contribution to society and to further highlight the importance of those involved in the Early Years sector coming together to support a fundamental change in how society approaches childhood development 📷 Kensington Palace / PA
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