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Duchess of Cambridge opens new children’s health and well-being garden

The Back to Nature play garden at RHS Garden Wisley has been inspired by previous projects Kate has co-created.

The Duchess Of Cambridge at the Back To Nature festival at RHS Garden Wisley (Steve Parsons/PA)
The Duchess Of Cambridge at the Back To Nature festival at RHS Garden Wisley (Steve Parsons/PA)

By Tony Jones, PA Court Correspondent

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched her final garden of the summer season aimed at supporting the health and well-being of children.

At the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley in Surrey, Kate opened her Back to Nature play garden.

It has been inspired by previous open spaces she co-created with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, with input from the RHS.

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The Duchess Of Cambridge rides on a tractor and trailer with Mary Berry, during a visit to the ‘Back To Nature’ Festival at RHS Garden Wisley (Steve Parsons/PA)

Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said: “We are grateful to the duchess for the incredible impact that this Back to Nature collaboration has had.

“There is no doubt that this project, through her passion and vision, has highlighted that access to natural environments and green spaces isn’t just a nice to have, it’s vital to have.

“This is something that the RHS also strongly believes in and will continue to champion through our Greening Great Britain Campaign and charitable work.”

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The Duchess Of Cambridge speaking during a visit to the ‘Back To Nature’ Festival at RHS Garden Wisley (Steve Parsons/PA)

Kate’s co-created gardens were previously exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show and the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, with the aim of highlighting how time outdoors can enrich a child’s early development.

The final Back to Nature space includes elements like the hollow log from Chelsea and the wildflower meadow and rolling hill showcased at Hampton Court.

New features include two connected tree houses and slides, which encourage families and friends to have fun together. It will become a permanent feature at Wisley.

Kate arrived at her garden with celebrity cook Mary Berry, an RHS ambassador.

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