Back to nature: Britain's Duchess Kate shows off garden skills at Chelsea Flower Show

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Prince Louis explore the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden in London on May 19, 2019.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Prince Louis explore the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden in London on May 19, 2019.PHOTO: KENSINGTON PALACE/REUTERS
Prince William with Prince Louis at the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden in London on May 19, 2019.
Prince William with Prince Louis at the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden in London on May 19, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS
Britain's Prince Louis, who celebrated his first birthday last month, can be seen walking for the first time and waving a stick.
Britain's Prince Louis, who celebrated his first birthday last month, can be seen walking for the first time and waving a stick.PHOTO: REUTERS
Prince George and Princess Charlotte scrambling barefoot through a stream.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte scrambling barefoot through a stream.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON (REUTERS) - Kate, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, has released new pictures of her family playing in a woodland wilderness garden she designed for London's Chelsea Flower Show.

Co-created with landscape artists Andree Davies and Adam White, Kate's "Back to Nature Garden" includes a rope swing, a tree house and a stream with waterfalls.

Her office said Kate, wife of Prince William, was a strong advocate in the mental and physical benefits that nature and the outdoors had on children and adults alike.

"It's a natural space, a really exciting space, for kids and adults alike to share and explore," she told broadcasters ahead of the opening of the garden on Monday (May 20).

"I really feel that nature, being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on physical and mental well-being particularly for young kiddies."

In a video posted on their Instagram account, the couple's three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, can be seen playing on the swing, by a wooden den, and scrambling barefoot through a stream.

Louis, who celebrated his first birthday last month, can be seen walking for the first time and waving a stick.

90% of our adult brains are developed before the age of 5 and what a child experiences in those really early years directly affects how the brain develops. That’s why I think it’s so important, whether we’re parents or carers or family members, really engage in quality time with children and babies from a really young age. I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young kiddies. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden is a natural, creative place for them to play. I really hope that this woodland that we have created, in a huge collaboration here really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors and spend quality time together. #ChelseaFlowerShow

Kate said she had been focusing on early childhood development in her recent charity work.

"I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults," she said.


Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays with her son Prince Louis at the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 19, 2019. PHOTO: KENSINGTON PALACE/REUTERS

The Chelsea Flower Show, which is open to the press and guests on Monday and to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, is the most prestigious event in Britain's gardening calendar.