It was reported that Duke and uchess of Cambridge met Richard Curtis, the film director and screenwriter of Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Bridget Jones’s Diary this week. It seems they are working together on a mental health project.
The Back to Nature Garden Festival will stay open between 10–15 September 2019. The Festival includes a coconut shy, gardening activities, maypole dancing and circus acts. Visitors can create bunting using pressed flowers and leaves, make origami seed packets to fill with wildflower seeds, and sow peas to take home and grow.
The centrepiece attraction of Wisely garden is a giant wooden treehouse. The Back to Nature Garden is a space where families can play, discover and relax in a natural and exciting environment, and will delight thousands of children for years to come. About the visit and garden Palace said,
The Back to Nature play garden has been inspired by the Duchess’s designs and includes elements such as the hollow log from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, and the wildflower meadow and rolling hill showcased at Hampton Court. New features include two connected treehouses and slides which encourage families and friends to have fun together in a natural environment. The garden was designed by landscape architects Davies White with input from the RHS, and will be a permanent installation at RHS Garden Wisley.
The garden is child-friendly with a sandpit, water feature and a set of swings and a hut made to look like a hedgehog. The play area will remain a permanent part of the RHS Wisley garden.
Bit of a surprise for you all today: the Duchess of Cambridge is at @RHSWisley to enjoy some family fun this morning as she unveils a playground paradise inspired by her Chelsea Flower Show garden. 👗 Emelia Wickstead pic.twitter.com/B68S68Fefw
Duchess arriving at the garden. The Wild at Wisley play area went through an exciting transformation this summer and have fun play elements. It also incorporates the winning sculpture from the BBC Blue Peter Royal Garden Competition.
The garden has features from the Duchess’s Back to Nature Garden displayed at Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Garden but is larger and even more child-friendly. RHS Director Sue Biggs said, ” We are grateful to the duchess for the incredible impact that this Back to Nature collaboration has had. There is no doubt that this project, through her passion and vision, has highlighted that access to natural environments and green spaces isn’t just a nice to have, it’s vital to have. This is something that the RHS also strongly believes in and will continue to champion through our Greening Great Britain Campaign and charitable work.”
Catherine helped to create this special Chelsea show garden as part of her ‘early years’ project, that is exploring how childhood experiences have a direct link with the issues some face as adults, such as addiction and social exclusion.
The Duchess of Cambridge is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. She believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in the future health and happiness of youngsters, and is keen to find ways to encourage this. She recently said,
“I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”
Yes, “rain or shine” they get “dragged outside. But it’s great, and I see it encourage creativity, confidence. Even a short amount of time 10 to 15 minutes outside makes a huge difference I think to both physical well-being but also to our mental well-being.”
At Wisley, the new garden has two connected treehouses and slides, which encourage families and friends to have fun together in a natural environment. New elements include a ‘bouncing forest’, where visitors can jump on trampolines surrounded by trees and a living willow pod.
During today’s visit, Catherine joined schoolchildren, charities and organisations who have helped her work in the early year’s field to enjoy the fun, which includes a maypole and coconut shy. Among them were students from Place2Be, patients from Catherine’s patronage the Evelina London Children’s Hospital and families from Family Action.
Mother of three cute kids, Duchess enjoyed time with kids and families at the garden.
Speaking during the visit, Duchess said,
As many of you know, I was invited by the RHS to co-design a garden for families and children for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. It’s been the most amazing experience and I can’t thank the RHS enough for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
I am not as green-fingered as many of you here, but I was passionate about creating a garden that inspired children and adults alike to get back to nature and reap the positive mental and physical health benefits that it can bring.
Whether it is planting, exploring, digging, creating, or playing; quality time spent outside provides children with the perfect environment to form those positive relationships with the people in their lives and the world around them
As a parent, I have learned just how important it is to foster our children’s development, in all areas, not just physical, as soon as they are born. We build the blocks, the foundations, for future success and happiness later in their lives.
There is a well-known proverb – that it takes a village to raise a child – and everyone here represents an integral part of that very village. By coming together, having fun and experiencing new things, we can all impart life-long benefits on our children
Part of an exclusive capsule, the $2,255.00 dress is described as, “this ‘Aurora’ shirt dress is made from light and breathable seersucker and decorated with Emilia’s signature ‘Rosewood’ florals.”
The rosewood dress is crafted from multicoloured Swiss-dot cotton-blend seersucker and features partially concealed button fastenings through front, a self buckled belt. The dress is currently available on Net-a-Porter.
Duchess wore a new pair of earrings today. Initially, it was thought that they were Accessorize Simple Filigree Short Drop Earrings but Susan from What Kate Wore noted the difference. I will update the post once we found more about them.
The highlight of the week was the Cambridge kiddos. Princess Charlotte started her reception year at Thomas’s Battersea in London where Prince George is studying. William and Catherine took them to school on the first day and we got the cutest picture of the royal siblings.