Know Your Roots campaign aims to forge grandparent-grandchild links through gardening

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20 March 2018
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A new campaign to promote intergenerational links, food education and environmental knowledge has launched today as part of Grandparent Gardening Week.

A new campaign to promote intergenerational links, food education and environmental knowledge has launched today as part of Grandparent Gardening Week, which runs from 19 to 23 March.

The Soil Association’s Food for Life programme and Pukka Herbs have teamed up to get children outdoors, since recent research found that the young generation has less contact with nature than ever before –nearly 60% of children are spending less time outdoors than their parents, with only 46% enjoying activities in nature with parents and grandparents.

 

Naturalists and environmentalists including Sir David Attenborough have warned of the loss to society and children’s own development if they are deprived of contact with the natural world. The Know Your Roots campaign will aim to build on knowledge and research that shows there are clear benefits associated with getting children outdoors and growing.

Getting involved

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Fourteen schools around the UK will receive a raised herb planter complete with seeds, compost and all the resources needed to help them kick-start their herb growing journey. Children will plant, water and care for the herbs, and get to grips with their culinary uses. Home growing herbs, particularly using organic methods, promotes positive health and nutrition and can contribute to a diverse diet full of natural goodness.

The extra hands and help mean that school and nursery growing spaces will be rejuvenated in time for spring, and the intergenerational links will offer children the opportunity to gain knowledge from their grandparents.

Passing on skills

James Cashmore, Director of Food for Life, said: “Learning from nature starts with something as simple as growing your own herbs, and we are delighted to be working with Pukka to create opportunities for children to experience the joys and benefits of growing, and for older people to pass on skills that will help ensure knowledge is passed down and resurrected in our future generations. Inter-generational learning is a great way of breaking down barriers and builds understanding between the old and young. The exchange of ideas benefits all, through learning from the past and looking to the future."
 
The Know Your Roots campaign will continue until July as part of a joint commitment to 1% for the Planet, a global network of businesses and not-for-profits, working together for a happier, healthier planet.
 
(image copyright Larissa Mildale, SA Press Office)