When you have designed a woodland playground, it clearly helps if there are children to test it. So naturally the Duchess of Cambridge turned to her own little scamps for help today.
The Duchess of Cambridge will unveil her woodland wilderness garden to the Queen later today – which aims to encourage children to spend more time outdoors.
A barefoot George and Charlotte were seen dangling their legs over a stream, while an excited Louis ran along a wooden path carrying a branch as the Duke of Cambridge looked on smiling.
Four-year-old Charlotte, dressed in a floral frock, and one-year-old Louis, wearing shorts and a cardigan, could be seen trying out a swing seat which Kate has already been photographed on in the build-up to this week’s show.
Five-year-old George could be seen adventurously clambering across the stream.
The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed ‘Back to Nature’ garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London
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The Duchess of Cambridge looked spring-chic as she unveiled her woodland design for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during a sneak peek of Kate’s stunning garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show
Princess Charlotte swinging on a rope swing during a family visit to The Duchess of Cambridge ‘Back to Nature’ Garden co-designed with Adam White and Andree Davies
George, five, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one, would have been in familiar territory. For not only did Kate use their time playing outdoors as inspiration for the project, which will open to the public on Tuesday, but the children were actively involved in collecting twigs, logs and moss from around Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home.
They built a rustic tepee-style den and fire pit at the heart of the garden.
‘They’ve been involved every step of the way and the duchess was excited for them to see the finished result,’ said an aide. ‘Children – both hers and others – have always been at the heart of this project.’
Pictures taken by portrait photographer Matt Porteous show Charlotte, barefoot in a pretty pink summer dress, on a rope-ball swing and Louis under the watchful eye of his father Prince William. George and Charlotte are also seen dipping their toes in a babbling brook.
The space, which Kate hopes will inspire families ‘to get outside’ and ‘enjoy nature’, features a tree house, waterfall, rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on.
William and his two oldest children climbed into the tree house, while the duke also enjoyed a go on the swing.
An excited Prince Louis ran along a wooden path carrying a branch as the Duke of Cambridge looked on smiling at Kate’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden
A barefoot George and Charlotte were seen dangling their legs over a stream in the pictures released by Kensington Palace
THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2019
The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea every year since 1913, apart from during both World Wars.
The RHS show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1804.
More than 80 exhibitors have lined up to create their displays at the historic event.
This year will see shows on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 8pm, which are the RHS Members’ Days.
It is also open during the same time on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday it will be open from 8am until 5.30pm, which as the last day of the show, will see the plant sell-off begin at 4pm.
George, Charlotte and Louis contributed to their mother’s creation by collecting leaves, moss and twigs over the past months which were then incorporated into the surroundings of the campfire.
Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.
In the pictures, taken by photographer Mr Porteous and released by Kensington Palace, the family could be seen sitting next to the campfire and den.
Toddler Louis looked fascinated as he held a stone, while Kate, kneeling at his side, wrapped her arm around her youngest child.
The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by Kate with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, is a woodland setting for families and communities to connect with nature.
Kate’s garden aims to highlight the benefits the natural world brings to mental and physical well-being.
Kate has made ‘early years’ intervention one of the cornerstones of her work after seeing how so many problems faced by adults she has met – such as mental health issues, addiction and social exclusion – stem from their childhood.
She and her co-designers were keen to recreate memories, such as wild bluebells, from her childhood.
In an interview with gardener Monty Don for the BBC, to be broadcast tonight, Kate says: ‘I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children.
‘I really hope that this woodland that we have created inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.’
The Duke of Cambridge helps Prince Louis sing on a rope swing during the family visit to the Chelsea Flower Show garden
It is understood Kate, who wore a colourful patterned dress and wedges for the outing, wanted to show her children the finished project on Sunday, so they could see what she has been spending time working on.
Kate has previously said she has ‘fond memories’ of being outdoors as a child and is passing that passion on to her children.
The duchess has been at the site almost every day in the five days leading up to the opening of the event and has been closely involved in the project from the very beginning.
Kate’s involvement with the 2019 RHS garden at the Chelsea Flower Show was first revealed earlier in the year.
In the adorable video a delighted Prince Louis was seen running up to the camera with an open-mouthed grin as he enjoyed the playground
The little boy looked all grown up as he explored the picturesque grounds of the gardens on the day
Grabs from the fun video saw William and George exploring the pretty stream and climbing across the rocks
A lovely family picture saw Kate and Charlotte looking pretty in floral dresses while George and Louis donned shorts and William opted for a casual look
Eldest child George was seen taking charge as he ran around the gardens with Charlotte hot on his heels
George even explored the wooden tepee as he admired his mother’s creative eye
Queen of the swingers: Playful Kate poses in the ‘back to nature’ garden she designed herself for the Chelsea Flower Show that features a touching floral tribute to Princess Diana
By CHARLOTTE WACE FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
The giggling Duchess of Cambridge recaptures her tomboy childhood as she plays on a rope swing slung from a tree – in the garden she’s designed for the Chelsea Flower Show.
The delightful picture was taken by a palace aide last week as Kate took a playful break from putting finishing touches to the garden before the world-famous show opens on Tuesday.
Her plot’s Back To Nature theme is intended to rekindle the magic of childhood, and underlines the work Kate has been doing to promote the benefits of being outdoors for physical and mental health. The mother-of-three wanted her garden to be a playground for children to enjoy, as well as a relaxing space for grown-ups.
She was, according to her co-designers, inspired by forest-bathing, the Japanese practice of walking slowly and thoughtfully in woodland to ‘bathe’ in its peace and beauty and recharge the body’s batteries.
The delightful picture was taken by a palace aide last week as Kate took a playful break from putting finishing touches to the garden
Her garden features a bridge over a burbling brook and a quirky wooden treehouse.
In a touching tribute to Princess Diana, the garden also features bunches of forget-me-nots, her favourite flowers.
And amid the wild foliage and arching trees is a small campfire for toasting snacks and a rustic den thought to be inspired by one she created with her children George, five, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one.
Kate, 37, has spoken fondly of carefree days playing outside as a child and hopes the garden will open a conversation about the effects of nature on mental health and its importance in a child’s formative years.
Speaking ahead of the show’s official opening, she said: ‘In recent years, I have focused much of my work on the early years and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life.
‘I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.’
Her comments come ahead of this week’s first anniversary of the creation of an expert steering group on early years development to advise her on what can be done to ensure a better start in life for all children in Britain.
Spirits lifted: Laughing Kate helps Adam White and Andree Davies create their Back To Nature Garden