Country Girl at Heart: Pregnant Kate Middleton Headed Back to School to Check Out Children’s Gardening Skills

Kate Middleton went back to school on Wednesday – to help tend the gardens!

The royal mom visited an elementary school in southwest London to celebrate a campaign to get more gardening opportunities in schools.

It was the second outing this week for Kate, 35. On Tuesday, she headed to a museum where she publicly congratulated brother-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their recent engagement.

But on Wednesday, the focus was back on her work. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening hopes to inspire and support children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development. Gardening has also shown to benefit kids’ physical and mental well-being.

During the visit to the Robin Hood Primary School, the Duchess of Cambridge heard about the program and joined children in activities in the outdoor learning area and sensory garden.

At the school’s purpose built Outdoor Learning Area and Sensory Garden children have the chance to explore and develop their knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing natural environment. The activities are created to inspire their curiosity, stimulate their senses and through challenging, yet achievable tasks using various real tools and natural resources, bring learning to life.

They also help to develop the youngsters’ emotional intelligence, empathy and communication enables children to manage their emotions effectively – something that matches Kate’s desire to boost young people’s mental wellbeing.

There are 34,000 schools and groups now engaged in gardening through the campaign.


PEOPLE.com

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