This week The Duchess of Cambridge will unveil her ‘Back to Nature’ garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower show, aiming to encourage more children to spend time outdoors.
The garden forms part of the Duchess’s ongoing work on early childhood development and her mission to support efforts that give every child the best possible start in life.
The Duchess has committed to making early childhood development the focus of her work in the years to come, and believes that providing children with the opportunity to spend time
outdoors can play an important role.
Speaking ahead of the garden unveiling, The Duchess of Cambridge said:
“In recent years I have focussed 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.”
“Understanding that our brain develops to 90% of its adult size within these first five years helps crystallise how our experiences in these earliest years are so impactful, and influences who we become as individuals. What happens in our early years is vital to our being able to engage positively in school, and in work and society, and ultimately, to how we bring up our own children.” – The Duchess of Cambridge
Next week marks one year since The Duchess and The Royal Foundation established an expert steering group on early years, to advise her on what more is needed to be done to better support all children in Britain. The group recently concluded its work and Her Royal Highness has written to thank them for their support and insight.