Helen Mirren: Children should be taught gardening at school

Dame Helen Mirren says gardening should be taught to pupils at schools. Speakeing at the Chelsea Flower Show, she said “They should teach it in schools. It’s such a positive thing to do and very useful.” This is from the Telegraph… 

Dame Helen, who is playing the Queen in the West End play The Audience, sees virtue in the practical skill being taught alongside the traditional academic subjects. “It’s important to have a variety of skills,” she says. The 67-year-old actress designed a gnome for the show this year, but confesses she does not have one in her own garden.

“I’m fond of gnomes, but I don’t have any in my own garden,” she says. “My real garden is in Los Angeles and that is where I do most of my gardening when I’m over there. The weather helps too.”

Joanna Lumley, another visit to the flower show yesterday, agreed with Dame Helen that more young people should be encouraged to take up gardening. “The problem, of course, for children who live in the cities, is getting them access to gardens,” says the Absolutely Fabulous star.

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening is proving a big success with more than 12,000 school and educational institutions already signed up.

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  1. Rhythm4Reading

    SchoolsImprove Yes she is absolutely right – gardening humanises us and can bring all aspects of the curriculum to life.

  2. Organic_Jane

    SchoolsImprove Already do this as extra curricular.For cities I suggest linking up with community gardens & city farms or container grow.

  3. Deathstardesign

    CliffSeggie SchoolsImprove Good for rural villages, where pupils can grow their own ingredients for food lessons

  4. LornaMonroe

    SchoolsImprove active gardening club on the go. Surprising how little pupils know about their food

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