Groves Nurseries encourage the next generation of gardeners

Groves Nurseries encourage the next generation of gardeners

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:00am 3rd October 2019.

Groves Nurseries in Bridport are working with local schools to encourage children to take up gardening.

Before the Summer, Groves Nurseries sent schools free sunflower seeds and pumpkins to grow.

This October Groves are taking part in the "little daffodils" campaign launch to get children planting bulbs. 

Daffodil bulbs are being delivered to local primary schools including St Mary's Primary and Mountjoy School in Beaminster. 

daffodils

In an attempt to combat the growing mental health problems in children young adults, Groves Nurseries have set up this scheme - linking the widely known benefits to well-being through horticulture, as illustrated by the Duchess of Cambridge's Back to Nature garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

In an Action for Children survey of 5,555 13 to 15-year-olds, 1 in 3 were found to have a mental health issue such as depression or inability to focus. 

child holding flowers gardening

Mrs Eames, who runs the gardening club at St Mary's, said:

"The kids love coming to the Eco Club and our garden area is a dream come true. 

"We use the vegetables in our after school cooking club and donated some cucumbers from our garden to the homeless shelter next door. We are so grateful for the support we receive from Groves."