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Meet Kent Life's Garden of the Year winners

PUBLISHED: 22:12 25 September 2013 | UPDATED: 22:12 25 September 2013

KEN OCT 13 Garden of the Year Winners - amateur and school

KEN OCT 13 Garden of the Year Winners - amateur and school

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Eileen and Phil Prosser of Kingsnorth and St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Beckenham are the 2013 gardeners of the year

Comment: Monty Don

“I think it’s essential that every child should learn the rudiments of horticulture at the earliest age possible.

This establishes a knowledge of not just the basic technicalities of raising plants but, equally importantly, connects children to the rhythm of the seasons and the weather. It also helps establish a connection with the natural world that is rapidly being lost.

If children can learn how their food grows, when it 
is at its best and how to nurture it so that they enjoy the produce as much as possible then they become part of the whole cycle of feeding ourselves.

If they observe how everything in the natural world is interconnected, from the humblest insect to predators, plants and man, then they will be able to form their own views and relationships with the environment that they are inheriting.

And if all this can happen in their own back yard, at home and at school, then it becomes personal and private and really matters to them – rather than being an abstract concept.

So anything that encourages children to become involved and rewards them for their efforts is to be commended and I congratulate all the current and future winners of the Kent Life awards.”

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