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Back to the Garden

Schools are closed but it doesn't mean an end to education! Spring is here and it's time to start planting your seeds ready for your summer blooms! 
Last year I had the pleasure of being the ambassador for a Get out and Grow campaign hosted by Sudocrem. I am very passionate about nature and encouraging children to enjoy gardening and appreciate all it has to offer, so I am thrilled the time has come round again! The campaign this year is called Back to the Garden and I can't wait to share with you all it has in store.

With lots of time on our hands now with the children at home and as we're finding different ways to keep them busy - gardening and planting seeds is a wonderful activity to enjoy together. Teaching them how to care and nurture something they've planted is great fun and they can observe the fruits of their labour too as their seedlings shoot and their plants begin to grow. Encouraging an interest in growing can give them a lovely long term project to plan and focus on.

Whether you have a garden, balcony, allotment or windowsill, gardening is something everyone can
enjoy! You don’t need a garden to get involved: creating a window box full of edible herbs can be just as inspiring as digging a vegetable patch.

The weather here in the UK has been a real treat over the last few weeks. My social feeds have been full of people enjoying time in the garden with their children which has been great to see.

Ecologist, author and nature educator, Michael Holland said “We often forget how good for our
wellbeing gardening can be: it’s relaxing, it’s soothing and the garden is a fantastic place for families to enjoy together - it makes us feel good to nurture seedlings as they grow to become vegetables or flowers.”

I recently shared over on Instagram our progress of growing so far. The greenhouse is always a busy place this time of year with seedlings breaking through the soil and reaching up for the sunlight - the progress is visible every day!

The greenhouse was brought for my Grandad. He spent so many happy hours in there. When he sadly passed away and my Nan moved house the greenhouse was moved to Mom and Dads house. I was around 10 years old at the time and my Mom involved me in continuing all the growing and planting up.

Together we would grow plants for the whole family. When the time would come we would carry the plants out and lay them down on the patio. My Aunties would then come round and collect all the plants we had grown to plant up in their own garden. I loved this so much and remember it fondly.

Mom involved me at all stages and would explain to me how to do things and why it was important. This early exposure to growing means I have a love for it now as an adult. The things she taught me I am now doing with my own children.

You don't need a greenhouse to grow plants! A windowsill is a great place to get plants to start growing and before you know it they're ready to be potted up into larger pots.

Sudocrem is launching a brand new campaign - Back to the Garden. It encourages children and their parents top begin their own gardening projects at home or in the garden.

There will be tips and advice on potting plants, spotting a weed and keeping your plants healthy from gardeners all over the UK. Sudocrem will also be donating one hundred growing kits to families all over the UK to kick start their growing projects! One hundred growing kits! How exciting!

“Right now, there are around 5 million children under the age of 10 who need activities to
get them through the next few months,” says Alice Bamford, Sudocrem brand manager. “At
Sudocrem, we want to give families a hand as best we can.”

I am so happy to announce that we will be hosting a competition to win one of 3 gardening goody bags as pictured above. There will also be an additional chance to win £100 of garden centre vouchers. All you need to do to be in with a change of winning £100 of gardening vouchers all you have to do is upload a photo of your garden and tag @Sudocrem and use the following hashtags #BackToTheGarden #SudocremBTTGcomp. You can enter using the tag and hashtags across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can read the terms and conditions here.

Gardening can be harsh on delicate skin, as every gardener knows.

Being in the garden you are often busy watering the plants, digging in the mud, planting new seeds – it’s a hands-on activity. It can dry out the skin and make it sore.
Gardener’s new best friend comes in the pocket-sized form of My Little Sudocrem,
the Swiss army-knife of soothing skincare products. Loved by everyone from babies to
teenagers, runners to cyclists, mountaineers to gardeners and anyone in between.

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