Weeding, writing and arithmetic… why green fingers are good for our children

From the water vole to the Scottish wildcat, the dwindling numbers of Britain’s most at-risk animals are well documented. But now the alarm bell is sounding over a rather more overlooked endangered species: green-fingered children. The Observer reports.

Young people are so rarely spotted in gardens across Britain nowadays that the Royal Horticultural Society is warning that the country is facing a green skills crisis unless more learn to garden.

Gardening is now mainly being taught in extracurricular clubs, the society’s director general, Sue Biggs, says, “it needs a teacher who’s prepared to put extra effort in”. She would like to see more teachers using gardens to teach maths, geography, science, history and art, adding: “Teachers need to be imaginative and visit gardens and use gardening to demonstrate things already on the curriculum.”

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