National Gardening Week is 10th to 16th April – another reason to get out and enjoy outside spaces, whether that’s your garden or a local park.
National Gardening Week was launched six years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society and has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups get involved.
However much or little space you have, there is a way you can get involved. The RHS suggests activities such as:
Create a sensory garden
Plant herbs in containers
Start an allotment
Plant a tree
Make a log shelter
Start a compost heap
If all this talk of gardening makes you think your garden or outside space could do with a makeover, The Surfacing Group can help with attractive and practical surfaces, from artificial grass to driveways and safety surfaces.
May is National Walking Month, a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what their level of fitness is. Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier.
We’ve been thinking about how we can get involved and increase our step counts. We’re all big fans of our FitBits (or equivalent – other smart watches are available!) and for the month of May we’ll be making an extra effort to track our steps and walk a bit further every day.
Why not set up a competition in your office or between friends and family to see who can walk the furthest during the month of May? Walk to work, walk the kids to school, walk the dog, get off the bus a stop earlier, park the car further away, go for a long country walk at the weekend – there are loads of ways we can all walk a little bit more every day.
18th May is Outdoor Classroom Day – a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play, when thousands of schools around the world will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.
Research shows that being outdoors helps children focus, boosts creativity and imagination, and can simply be more fun. Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature.
Outdoor learning also includes playing – play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. Playing helps children build friendships, test their own boundaries and solve their own problems. It’s central to a child’s development and to their enjoyment of childhood.
At the Surfacing Group, we understand the importance of children being outdoors and the benefits that outdoor play and learning can bring. All our play surfaces are designed to be practical, safe, attractive and to encourage creative play. There are endless possibilities for playground designs and we work with our customers to find the right solution for their environment – whether that be a school, nursery, park, or domestic garden.
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, here are some ideas for getting involved on 18th May and getting children outside for some learning and play:
Take the classroom outside for the whole day and use the outdoors to get children engaged in their learning of different subjects in a new way.
Start a vegetable or herb garden – pots are fine if you don’t have space for a vegetable patch. Children can learn about different plants and how to care for them.
Have a picnic and talk about the different foods, where they come from, which ones are most nutritious and which ones we should eat less of.
Set up an outdoor treasure hunt with clues that are tricky enough to challenge the age range of the children taking part.
Teach a new sport or game – you could research old fashioned games and incorporate some history into the lesson.