Gardening Boosts Children’s Development and Makes Them Happy
07/15/2010

A recent survey in Britain has revealed that taking part in gardening can help a child’s development and boost their happiness.

Online PR News – 15-July-2010 – – A recent survey in Britain has revealed that taking part in gardening can help a child’s development and boost their happiness.

The study, commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), was conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research, and involved around 1300 teachers from 10 schools across the country.

Many of the teachers who used gardening as part of their curriculum said they found that it improved their pupils’ readiness to learn, as well as their literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

Furthermore, the report found that exposing children to insects at a young age helped to overcome their fears, while growing crops was a valuable exercise in healthy eating; the children were more willing to try new vegetables if they had grown them themselves.

There are now calls from the RHS to use gardening as an important part of the teaching process, rather than as an extra-curricular activity.

The report of the study said: "The changeable nature of gardening projects - where anything from the weather to plant disease can affect the outcome - forced children to become more flexible and better able to think on their feet and solve problems."

Dr Simon Thornton Wood, director of science and learning at the RHS, said: "As the new coalition government considers a new approach to the primary curriculum, we hope they acknowledge the striking conclusions of our research and that gardens enable a creative, flexible approach to teaching that has significant benefits."

The RHS study proves that gardening can be a hobby for all the family, and you can find everything you need to make your garden stand out from the rest at Grosvenor garden centre in Cheshire.

For more information about Grosvenor and their products and services, visit the Grosvenor store in Chester, or log on to the Grosvenor website at http://www.grosvenorgardencentre.co.uk/

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