Growing produce, redesigning flower beds, spending a day in the garden
WHY Just five minutes gardening outside gives you an improved sense of self-esteem, but it’s highest after a full day’s gardening. Children involved in after-school gardening clubs develop the confidence to overcome their fear of touching creatures such as worms or beetles, while Dr Jemma Hawkins at Cardiff Met University found female allotment holders in particular felt an increase in self-esteem. “It was that sense of providing for their families by taking home fruit and vegetables,” she says.
DID YOU KNOW? Celebrating the gardening work of children who are normally disruptive in an assembly made them less unruly in class.