Helen Mirren calls on schools to make gardening part of the curriculum

Dame Helen Mirren, 74, calls for schools to teach gardening to pupils and reveals the hobby has helped her keep her ‘dark dragons’ at bay

  • Dame Helen Mirren called on schools to make gardening part of the curriculum 
  • The actress, 74, said it is a positive thing and useful tool to promote learning 
  • Oscar-winning actress said she has used gardening to keep her demons at bay

Dame Helen Mirren has called on schools to make gardening part of the curriculum and said the activity is important to her mental health.   

The Oscar-winning actress, 74, who is thought to be in lockdown in the UK, said she has a long-standing passion for gardening which has helped keep her ‘dark dragons’ at bay.

Speaking to Yours magazine, she said: ‘I love to spend time in my garden. If I have a few free hours I love to dig around in the dirt. It’s so calming, worthwhile and a really good way of keeping those dark dragons away which I do have at times.’  

Dame Helen Mirren, 74, said she has used gardening to her ‘dark dragons’ at bay and has called on schools to make it part of the curriculum 

She called for children to be taught gardening in schools. 

‘Gardens and green spaces are vital for people and the planet,’ she said. ‘Not enough young people garden or even know how to.’

She added: ‘They should teach it in schools. It’s such a positive thing to do and very useful. Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s part of the fun of it. You are always learning.’ 

The actress said gardening is ‘very useful’ and a ‘positive thing to do’. Stock image

The actress recently shared a fresh-faced Instagram selfie to encourage people to support frontline healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus. 

Taking to her account last week, Dame Helen shared a link to the Supporting Intensive Care fundraising scheme launched by the Intensive Care Society. 

She wrote: ‘In return for this pic of me literally first thing in the morning, please donate to the intensive care support.’ 

It comes after Dame Helen shared an Instagram video reading Shakespeare’s poem ‘Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer’s Day’ which she captioned ‘sonnet for isolation’.  

The actress is married to American film director Taylor Hackford, 75, and the couple spend their time between their London flat, farmhouse in the South of France and the French Quarter in New Orleans.      

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