Green-fingered Kate hosts picnic at her Back To Nature garden
The Duchess of Cambridge has launched the latest version of her family friendly garden, and joined children from her charities enjoying a picnic in the green space.
Kate donned her gardening gloves last week to get the open space she helped design ready for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.
Her Back To Nature garden first appeared at the Chelsea Flower Show to wide acclaim and was visited by almost 20,000 people.
It has been transformed for its new venue close to Henry VIII’s former home.
The garden has some of the features of the original design but is now double the size, and includes new elements to encourage visitors to play and interact with nature.
It includes a hill, a bee-friendly meadow with tall grasses and flowers children can hide in, and a pond where youngsters can paddle.
Children from some of the duchess’s charities were invited to picnic in the garden – with youngsters from the Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be enjoying themselves in the green space.
Kate has a longstanding interest in the early years development of children and believes spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in the future health and happiness of youngsters.
When Kate first arrived she spent her time taking a group of local school children on a hunt for insects and bugs.
She asked one little boy, who like his classmates was from Hampton Hill Junior School, “have you found any snails?” as they stood near a large hollow log.
Pinecones have been hidden in the garden for children to find and the duchess revealed her daughter helped collect them.
She told the group of schoolchildren: “There are eight, Charlotte helped me find them.”