Kate designs wellbeing garden for Chelsea show

The Duchess of Cambridge has designed a show garden at London's Chelsea Flower Show, featuring a woodland wilderness that highlights the benefits the natural world can bring to the mental and physical wellbeing of children and adults alike.

Co-created with landscape artists Andree Davies and Adam White, Kate's "Back to Nature Garden" includes a rope swing, a high platform tree house and a stream with waterfalls.

"It's a natural space, a really exciting space, for kids and adults alike to share and explore," she told broadcasters ahead of the opening of the garden on Monday.

"I really feel that nature, being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on physical and mental well-being particularly for young kiddies."

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Sunday afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den. The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”

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Kate, who has three children with Prince William said she had been focusing on early childhood development in her recent work.

"I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults," she said in an Instagram post about the garden.

The garden, which includes a rope swing, a tree house and a stream with waterfalls, was enjoyed by  the Duke and Duchess' children George, Charlotte and Louis, on Sunday.

The Queen visited the annual flower show on Monday. Photo: AP
The Queen visited the annual flower show on Monday. Photo: AP

The show, which opens to the public on Tuesday, is the most prestigious event in Britain's gardening calendar and is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), of which the Queen is patron.

Kate and William were among several members of the royal family who accompanied 93-year-old Elizabeth on her tour of the show, which is held in the grounds of London's Royal Hospital Chelsea.

 

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