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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has created a giant natural play zone with the aim of reconnecting children with nature.


imagination, but also give them a different perspective on how the plants grow and why they are so important,” says Suzie Jewell, children’s garden designer at RBG Kew. “Part of what makes this space so special is that we had existing trees on site


around which to map the paths and play areas - it became a play area among the trees –


DESCRIBED as RBG Kew’s most ambitious design project in recent years, the new Children’s Garden is the result of a two year project. The garden covers some 10,000sq m - the size of nearly 40 tennis courts – and has been designed around the elements that plants need to grow: earth, air, sun and water. “We really hoped to design and create a unique space for children to play in, that would not only be fun and stimulate their


something different in London. I


hope that this


will lead to a deeper connection with nature and a lifelong love of plants.”


Children enter the garden through a tunnel of scented Star jasmine plants before arriving first at a 200-year-old English Oak tree, which is surrounded by an aerial walkway 4m above the ground to give children a different view. Here,


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