HRH The Duchess of Cambridge appears on Blue Peter special that launches unique Royal Garden Competition

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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has joined forces with the longest running children’s TV programme in the world, Blue Peter, to launch a once-in-a-life-time competition as part of her mission to encourage children and families to get back to nature.

The competition asks Blue Peter viewers to design a sculpture to go into The Duchess’s Back to Nature garden when it arrives at RHS Wisley in September. To inspire families to interact with nature and the outdoors, regardless of where they might live, Her Royal Highness created a special collection of outdoor activity cards to accompany the garden. Two runners-up will also get to design their very own Blue Peter activity card to celebrate this unique garden.

The competition will launch on Blue Peter on CBBC today at 5.30pm with a special film that The Duchess made with local school children at Westminster City Council’s Paddington Recreation Ground.

Fresh from designing her woodland garden for RHS Chelsea Flower show, Her Royal Highness gets stuck in with pond dipping, planting and team den building with local children and Blue Peter presenter, Lindsey Russell.

The Duchess wants to highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature. She is a strong advocate for the importance of early years and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development. In the Blue Peter film Her Royal Highness talks about her passion for the great outdoors and how she enjoys getting outside with her family whatever the weather.

The Duchess tells presenter Lindsey: “It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time - 10-15 minutes outside - makes a huge difference to physical well-being but also to our mental well-being.”

In the film The Duchess joins the children looking for newts and tadpoles, revealing that pond dipping is "massively up my street".

She is also clearly delighted at the prospect of den building saying she has done it before and "I love it, but I am in your hands".

The competition is open from Thursday 13 June until midday on Tuesday 25 June. For more details, T&C’s and to enter the competition visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/bp-royal-garden-competition-2019

The winning entry will have their sculpture built and installed in The Duchess’s garden at RHS Wisley in September. The garden at Wisley will be inspired by The Duchess’s original RHS Back to Nature Chelsea garden, with the winning Blue Peter sculpture bringing a new and completely original element to the design.

About the competition

To enter the competition entrants should:

Design a decorative garden sculpture to be made from natural materials and based on the theme of nature
Include one element in the sculpture that visitors can play or interact with
Describe their design and the inspiration behind it
Write a short paragraph describing why they love the outdoors and their ultimate outdoor activity
The competition will have three age categories for entries in line with past Blue Peter competitions:
- 6-8 year olds
- 9-11 year olds
- 12-15 year olds

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June 14, 2019 4:37am ET by Pressparty  

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