Encouraging green fingers

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Volunteers at Luton Hoo Walled Garden are encouraging aspiring young gardeners to get down and dirty with a series of workshops.

They take place on Thursday mornings from 10am to 12 noon and are divided into two groups – four to six-year-olds and seven to 10-year-olds. Places are limited, cost £10 a head and must be pre-booked.

The next available workshop – Flowers in the House – is on Thursday, July 30. This will be held in the mansion’s former flower arranging room where budding florists will be shown the best way to pick blooms and how to make them into a posy which they can then take home.

Topics covered at future workshops are Herb Gardens – including how to make a scented lavender bag – on August 6; the ever popular Bug Hunt on August 13; Summer Harvest on August 20 featuring the delicious fruit, vegetables and salads you can grow at home and Seed Gathering, August 27, when keen younsters can learn how to extract seeds and prepare them for storage.

> For more information call 01582 721443 or visit www.lutonhooestate.co.uk