IN YOUR GARDEN - Sue Moll
One of the undoubted bonuses created from last year’s lock down was the number of children who discovered the delights of the garden. Not just as a recreational space to let off steam but to actually get involved in growing plants and vegetables. I am sure it was not just my grandchildren who relished the creepy crawlies, worms, planting seeds and growing things to eat and flowers to enjoy - not forgetting enjoying reconfiguring the stones around the pond and the muddy delights that activity fostered!
I certainly got bitten by the gardening bug at a very young age, my natural interest being fostered by an indulgent and very patient grandfather, who showed me cultivation skills and techniques that have served me a lifetime. Whether the new generation of youngsters will continue to relish the fun to be got from being involved in growing when more distracting attractions become available as the Covid -19 restrictions are relaxed, we will have to wait and see.
But I am optimistic. If we look at the general picture of climate change and our need to protect the environment, these are issues that have become important concerns for the young. I hope it is not forgotten that the humble back garden is the most easily accessible entry to the natural world for children who are lucky enough to enjoy a garden. By encouraging our children and grandchildren to become actively involved in growing things they will be making a real difference to their surroundings and the environment as a whole, and the world can only be the better for it.