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From the archive: 'Somewhere for the kids' (December 2000)

Each month, we're taking a journey back through the TCPA archive.

This month's featured content 'Somewhere for the kids' (Town & Country Planning, December 2000) sees Harriet Festing (LA21 Co-ordinator, Ashord Borough Council) and her research team - daughters Daisy and Molly - travel to the United States to learn first-hand about public children’s gardens - 'fun-filled museums of plants and nature’ - that are becoming increasingly popular across the country. 

Festing is keen to find out whether the concept could be successfully transferred to her hometown of Ashford in Kent, or whether critics are correct to dismiss them as a 'wishy washy' community strategy. From topiary teddy bears to dinosaur gardens, Festing explores how these initiatives are building connections between young people and the natural world.

View the Journal article.