Young gardeners grow their skills

Date: 12 May 2016

The children from Bright Horizons Tytherington Day Nursery and Preschool have been sowing the seeds for a love of nature thanks to a partnership between a housebuilder and a local charity.

The youngsters visited Redrow Homes’ Mulberry Park development to grow their gardening skills with experts on hand from TCL Group landscapers to offer assistance.

Seeds of herbs, vegetables and flowers were planted  into two large planters and will also have the opportunity to continue to put their new skills into practice at the nursery.

Four-year-old Erica said: “I dug a hole and put the plants in so the roots went to the bottom. I liked the horseradish.” Meanwhile Jessica, also four, appreciated the value of growing your own adding: “I liked planting. You can use the herbs in your dinner to make it taste nice.”

The visit was as a result of a linkup with worldwide arts-based educational charity NADFAS who promote arts to young people, from sculpture and painting to architecture and landscaping.

Nursery manager Lorraine Roberts said: “It was so lovely to bring the children across as they have been watching the houses being built over the last year and we want to thank TCL for donating additional plants for our nursery garden. It was nice to get involved and get messy planting some herbs and they were all very excited to have them delivered to nursery.

“The children have been very excited about their planting experience and have continued to talk about it. They have developed an interest in herbs and we have since learnt more about how they grow and how to care for them. The children are keen to observe how they grow and we plan to use them during our cookery club activities.

Sophie Kelly from TCL, creators of the show home gardens at Mulberry Park, said: “It was great for TCL and Redrow to be able to support the local community in this way and it was a real pleasure to welcome the children to the development and encourage them to develop their love of nature and gardening.”