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The RHS No Adults Allowed Garden

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The RHS garden, designed by children, for children, is a joyful journey through a fantastical landscape where they can explore the magic of lush woodland, bountiful meadows and a wetland with heightened colour and oversized bog plants.
 
Their adventure culminates at the final destination – a natural den set within a pool of water. Sliding down into the water, this sunken children's only space is a sanctuary where they can play, learn, and explore the natural world around them.

At a glance:

Who is this garden for? 
Children
Where is the garden set?  
West London
Who or what is the design inspiration?
Bringing the dream children’s garden to life
 
Highlighting the importance of access to nature for children, the garden is an immersive experience where they can scramble over boulders, splash around in the natural stream, and dive into jubilant planting.
 
Art, sculpture, and textural clay celebrate the child-like creativity innate in all of us, while sensory planting and natural materials create a nourishing space. Above all, it's a celebration of the natural world and the joyous wonder children experience within beautiful landscapes.

Key sustainability points:

  • The garden is cement and concrete free
  • Largely recycled materials (eg deadwood from RHS Wisley)
  • Use of natural materials only
  • Highly biodiverse and wildlife friendly planting scheme and habitat provision

Relocation:

The garden is being relocated to Sulivans Primary School in Fulham, close to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Ground.

Three pledges

The garden initially had only one rule for adults: they were simply not allowed on the garden. However, after some serious negotiating RHS Director General Clare Matterson has persuaded the children to agree that adults can enter, if they pledge to do one of three things:

1. Plant a tree.

2. Donate to RHS Campaign for School Gardening to help give other kids access to nature.


3. Find a flower that starts with the first letter of their name.

If you chose to donate to Campaign for School Gardening you can easily make a donation below.

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