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The garden is a wonderful thing and this is where all our food is dependent upon it. With the earth full of nutrients and its ability to nurture the seeds, to help them to germinate and grow is truly amazing. When you see the green shoots coming through knowing that, in the not too distance future, there will be some food to harvest and enjoy.

Children and in particular young children, are prime candidates for introducing them to the wonders of the garden. Just by utilising a small amount of your garden they can see how rewarding their efforts can be. They will need a little guidance of how to use garden tools as some of them, such as forks and trowels, can be a little dangerous if not used properly.

Take the opportunity and introduce them to the wonders of the garden shed and your tools in there. Teach them how to use these tools and to clean and look after them, always ensuring they are put away at the end of the day. However, it's vitally important that your garden shed is kept locked up when you are not there as some of the tools can be dangerous if not used correctly. There may be chemicals and other 'nasties' in your shed so you must ensure children learn to respect them and stay safe.

Many schools are also encouraging their pupils (although I think they call them students nowadays) to look after the gardens and grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. Teaching the children at an early age and with their peers can bring out the confidence in them. There is also the element of sharing which is important in any civilised society.

You will find that a competitive element can show up and this can be used in a positive way and help them to develop their skills in the garden. It's also good that pupils are encouraged to get their hands dirty and to understand that there is more to life than the X-Box, PS3 or Wii play consoles, or their home computer, or smart phone.

The Royal Horticultural Society's campaign for School Gardening is a leading supporter of the Best School Garden Award. There are many local competitions throughout the country where schools compete against each other for the coveted award. One set of pupils from a Sutton school had spent a great deal of time with their garden and they hoped to beat the previous year's winner, Westbourne Primary School.

Timber and Wooden Garden Workshops Their green garden area included a garden shed which they used for bird watching as well as growing vegetables and herbs among the flowers. Besides this there was an African Hut and, for the old fossils (the teachers) an area which archaeological digs can take place. The whole area is maintained by the lunchtime gardening club.

A teacher at the school praised this competition as children have an equal chance of doing well. Some of the sporty pupils will always have the edge in sports but in gardening it's a level playing field. Which can only be a good thing. With categories from best front garden, best community garden, best allotment, best wildlife garden and best school garden these awards are geared up for the whole community.