Millions of children love to go gardening with their mums and dads – Reuters

MILLIONS of British children are getting out into nature helping their mums and dads plant pots, mow the lawn and grow vegetables.

A survey of 1,000 parents and 1,000 grandparents of children aged 5 to 12 found that green-fingered children enjoy going out.

A stunning new survey of mums, dads, grandmothers and grandfathers has found that toddlers love helping out in the gardenPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor
Children aged 5 to 12 especially love watering flowers, research shows
Children aged 5 to 12 especially love watering flowers, research showsPhoto credit: Getty

Up to 60% of young children now grow vegetables with their parents or guardians.

One in six respondents named the sunflower as their children’s favorite plant.

Watering the garden, planting bulbs and potted plants are considered the best gardening activities to share with a child, while 21% enjoy filling the birdbath.

Gardening guru Kate Turner of Miracle-Gro, who commissioned the survey, said: “It’s amazing that so many young people are being inspired to embrace such an important life skill.

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“Not only that, spending time outdoors with loved ones can be such a special experience that families can hold on to for years.

“That’s why we’re working with Greenfingers – a national charity dedicated to supporting children with limited living and their families spending time in hospices across the UK – to start a therapeutic garden within ‘The Nook’, a dedicated children’s hospice built for this purpose, to help . in Norfolk.

The study also found that 47 per cent have spent the various lockdowns teaching young people in their care new things.

With gardening high on the list, 40% also gave them a tour of the kitchen to improve their cooking skills and 16% taught their sewing skills.

And 64% of respondents hope their child or grandchild will grow up with a green thumb.

Another 43 percent believe gardening is good for their children’s mental health, while eight in 10 would like children to spend more time outdoors than indoors in front of the television.

The main reasons are that it’s better for their health (70%) and helps them burn excess energy (56%).

But 57% think it’s important for children to be interested in nature because they’re the generation that needs to ‘save the planet’.

And 85% are happy about the bond that can arise from spending time in the garden with their children or grandchildren.

It also found that half of the respondents were spending more time in the garden than they did before the pandemic, meaning that 37% of children were also spending more time outdoors, according to OnePoll data.

Almost nine in ten enjoy teaching their children or grandchildren new things, with 70% having fond memories of learning new skills from their own parents or grandparents.

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Miracle-Gro’s Kate Turner, who launched a special edition ‘Greenfingers’ peat-free compost pack to support the charity, added: “Spending time outdoors with loved ones not only creates an incredible bond between families but there is an enormous body of knowledge that can be passed on from parents and grandparents.

“Kids’ involvement from an early age can nurture a love of gardening and the outdoors that can last a lifetime, and the memories can last forever too.

What children like to do in the garden

1. Water the plants

2. Plant flowers/bulbs

3. Potted plants

4. Grow vegetables

5. Weeds

6. Pick vegetables

7. Fill the bird bath

8. Sweep a path

9. Dead flowers

10. Mowing the lawn

11. Jet wash

12. Paint the fences

13. Traveling Insects

14. Cutting hedges

15. Felling trees

16. Leaf blisters

17. Clean the pond

18. Dig trenches

19. Build a shed

20. Laying the terrace

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