Kate Middleton launches Blue Peter sculpture competition for nature garden at Wisley

Children between six - 15 years old can enter.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, appears on Blue Peter special to launch unique Royal Garden Competition
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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, made her design debut with the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 in May – and now she's launching a Royal Garden Competition with Blue Peter to give one lucky child the chance to design a decorative garden sculpture that will take pride of place in Kate's nature-themed garden at Wisley.

The gardening bug hasn't stopped for the Duchess, who is not only co-designing a second garden with Davies White at Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (formerly Flower Show) this July, but in September she will be relocating the garden to its permanent home at RHS Wisley Gardens in Surrey.

It is the garden at Wisley where one lucky child will have the chance to see their sculpture built and installed.

The competition

The once-in-a-lifetime competition is part of Kate's mission to encourage children and families 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. The garden at Wisley will be inspired by the Duchess' original RHS Back to Nature Chelsea garden, with the winning Blue Peter sculpture bringing a new and completely original element to the design.

Kate’s RHS Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show
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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. They are: 6-8 year olds, 9-11 year olds and 12-15 year olds.

    The competition will launch on Blue Peter, the longest running children’s TV programme in the world, on CBBC today (Thursday 13th June) at 5.30pm, with a special film that The Duchess made with local school children at Westminster City Council’s Paddington Recreation Ground.

    To inspire families to interact with nature and the outdoors, Kate has also created a special collection of outdoor activity cards to accompany the garden – she worked on some with the RHS in May. Two runners-up will also get to design their very own Blue Peter activity card to celebrate this unique garden.

    The competition will close midday on Tuesday 25 June. For more details, T&C’s and to enter, click here.

    Kate's Blue Peter film

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    In the Blue Peter film, Kate talks about her passion for the great outdoors and how she enjoys getting outside with her family whatever the weather. Kate gets stuck in with pond dipping, something which she says is 'massively up my street', planting, and den building with local children and Blue Peter presenter, Lindsey Russell.

    Speaking about the benefits of the great outdoors, Kate tells Lindsey: 'It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time – 10-15 minutes outside – makes a huge difference to physical wellbeing but also to our mental wellbeing.'

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