Monday, 20 November 2017

Sprouts - teaching children to love gardening

A NEW club has been set up to encourage children in Henley to try gardening

A NEW club has been set up to encourage children in Henley to try gardening.

Called Sprouts, the club is the brainchild of town councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs the Henley in Bloom committee.

She wants to get more children involved in gardening like her four-year-old daughter Hallie, who regularly joins her at Henley in Bloom planting events.

Councillor Hinton said: ?We got to the stage where she was old enough to notice there were no other children there so I thought we could do a children?s gardening club to mirror what the Gardening Buddies do.?

The free club will meet once a fortnight, starting in March, and will welcome parents and children aged three and over.

Cllr Hinton said: ?We want to encourage girls and boys to get involved. They can come with their parents as and when they like, or on a regular basis. I hope it will improve the town as well as being educational for the children and encourage them to follow a healthy lifestyle by learning how to plant, dig and grow.?

The club will meet in areas suitable for children, such as Mill Meadows.

Cllr Hinton said: ?Safety is a really big factor when you are involving children but the Gardening Buddies do a lot of work near roads and roundabouts where you just can?t take children.

?We would like people to offer their gardens or nominate another person?s garden to provide a safe, enclosed environment for children to be able to do some gardening.?

To join the club, call 07527 826706 or send an email to bloom@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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