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How to inspire your children to garden - 15 outdoor games for the summer holidays

Inspiring youngsters
to plant and harvest
is crucial to the future
of the planet, says Anna Tyzack
Inspiring youngsters to plant and harvest is crucial to the future of the planet Credit: John Lawrence

On a hot day last week, my six-year-old son Hector sat at the garden table shelling his first crop of peas. It was a painstaking process and quite a few were lost on the ground, but I tried not to criticise – according to Sue Biggs, director general of the RHS, green-fingered youngsters are a rare species these days. “Parents, grandparents and teachers haven’t been pushing gardening as a pastime or a career,” she says. “And if we carry on like this, we won’t have enough gardeners to keep the 22 million gardens in this country going, and that will only make environmental issues worse.”

I’ve never grown vegetables, and if it wasn’t for the fact that my father has a vegetable patch, in which he...

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