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Duchess of Cambridge appears on Blue Peter with young Back to Nature design winner

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared on Thursday evening’s episode of the CBBC television show Blue Peter to reveal the winner of her Back to Nature contest and tour the RHS Wisley garden with the winner and runners up.

The contest, announced during Kate’s last appearance on Blue Peter in June, allowed one lucky youngster the chance to design a garden element – a sculpture – for the permanent Back to Nature Garden as part of a Royal Garden competition.

On Thursday’s episode, the Duchess is joined by the winner, Jessica, and the two runners up, Lucy and Megan. The towering sculpture, designed by Jessica, is a wooden and recycled metal butterfly design that is currently covered by purple clematis flowers but will change with the seasons.

In the clips released online, Kate can be heard telling Jessica that her sculpture is amazing and enormous. Jessica replies, “Yes, it’s taller than I am.”

The Duchess of Cambridge then tells her, “It’s such a great idea. It’s going to be so lovely coming back year after year and seeing how it’s all growing and developing.”

Megan and Lucy, the runners up, designed tin can herbs and den building activity cards, respectively.

Megan’s tin can herbs activity card states that you can “help the environment by reusing old tin cans to make fun planters for your herbs.”

Lucy’s den building activity card offers up two ways that you can make a den depending on your location: either with sticks and leaves or using ropes with sheets or blankets.

Kate worked with RHS Young Ambassador George Hassall, and a man named Ben from the Royal Horticultural Society to choose the winner.


At the launch of the Back to Nature Garden at RHS Wisley last week, Kate said that “Whether it is planting, exploring, digging, creating, or playing; quality time spent outside provides children with the perfect environment to form those positive relationships with the people in their lives and the world around them.”

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.