In Pictures: Plants and play combine at Kew’s new garden for children

Young visitors to the new Children’s Garden at Kew were all over it on Thursday, literally.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in London has spent five years developing the space, with the aim of reconnecting children with nature and creating a sensory experience for them.

The giant garden, which covers 10,000 square metres, is filled with hundreds of mature trees and plants, and the youngsters – including pupils from Dormers Wells Junior School in Southall, west London – got stuck in exploring the new attraction which opens to the public on Saturday.

There was even a trampoline
There was even a trampoline
Martha White, aged 22-months, playing in the garden
Martha White, aged 22-months, playing in the garden
The children got hands-on
The children got hands-on
Mercedes, eight, enjoyed some time in the light tunnel
Mercedes, eight, enjoyed some time in the light tunnel
Children jumping between balls
Children jumping between balls
Louise Chitty and her daughter Luna walk through a light tunnel
Louise Chitty and her daughter Luna walk through a light tunnel

Meanwhile, preparations were getting under way for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, being held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s world famous flower show opens to members of the public next Tuesday.

Grass turf being transported in a wheelbarrow, as preparations for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show get under way
Grass turf being transported in a wheelbarrow, as preparations for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show get under way
Roses being pruned
Roses being pruned
Finishing touches being applied to a flower show garden
Finishing touches being applied to a flower show garden
Giraffe sculptures
Giraffe sculptures