The benefits of outdoor play for children are numerous, and well documented. But, living in such a technology-dominated world, it’s becoming more difficult to prise children away from their devices and encourage them to spend time outside. Compared to the wealth of television shows and online games available at their fingertips, it’s no wonder that a grassy area surrounded by fence panels or hedges seems rather dull.
Who would have thought that a major hit in 2005 by pop-combo Westlife could be attributed to your back garden veg plot? Oh yes, I can exclusively reveal that the song ‘You Raise Me Up’ (you know the one - big ballad type affair perfect at weddings and maybe even funerals?) was inspired by the grow-your-own movement and the use of raised beds. I know it’s hard to believe, and may even shatter many emotional memories, but in these days of fake news, anything goes.