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Launch of Subscription Box connecting children with nature


Mud & Bloom announces launch of monthly nature and gardening activity box for 3-8 year olds


6th December 2017

Bristol, UK - Mud & Bloom Box, the monthly subscription that delivers seasonal nature crafts and gardening activities to your door, is officially launched today. It includes everything you need to help your children connect with nature.

The boxes are for 3-8 year old's and will be delivered through the letter box at the beginning of each month.

Each box includes at least two seasonal activities: one gardening and one nature craft - along with instructions, quizzes and games aimed at teaching children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall.

Activities have been created by qualified teachers and support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Montessori and Steiner education.

Mud & Bloom has been developed by Anja ffrench. Anja believes passionately in connecting children to nature. Anja says:

Studies show there is increasingly a disconnect between children and nature, resulting in increased stress and leading to depression in later life. It is vital  that children have regular contact with nature, with proven benefits including enhanced brain development, improved concentration and mental health – as well as helping them stay fit and healthy”.

I hope the Mud & Bloom nature crafts and gardening boxes will help inspire families to get their children outdoors and more connected to nature and gardening.”

About me:

I love the outdoors and gardening is one of my hobbies. I have two young children and, despite living in the city, I love being out and about with my kids: be it gardening, crafting or just spending time in nature.

I left full time work a year and a half ago and enrolled on an RHS Horticulture Course. My original plan was to set up a gardening business, something that I could do alongside looking after my boys and something I was passionate about. I began writing about children and nature on my website, Mud & Bloom and was overwhelmed by the response I got from other parents who wanted to find ways of getting their children into nature despite living busy lives.

I came up with the idea for Mud & Bloom subscription boxes after I subscribed to a couple of children’s monthly craft boxes. I loved the concept: it was great having everything packaged up and ready to create something with my boys, and they loved receiving them each month! I looked around to see if I could find a similar activity based on gardening or nature and was really surprised there was nothing out there. So I ditched my garden business idea and worked on developing Mud & Bloom Box instead. It’s been a slow process as my children are very young and have been at home full time with me for a lot of the time, I’ve really enjoyed it though and I’m really pleased with the results!


About Mud & Bloom Box

Mud & Bloom Box has been created for parents who care about their children experiencing the outdoors but lead busy lives. The box will arrive, addressed to your son or daughter, at the beginning of each month, packed with seasonal growing and nature activities. Everything you need to grow is provided – instructions, seeds and even compost! You will need no special equipment there’s no need to spend precious family time visiting garden centres or even to have a garden! The craft activities come with all the building materials you need to make things using seasonal treasures that are easy to find in your garden or local park. I hope the boxes help you and your children to learn, explore and enjoy nature together!

Subscribe to receive a box here


For more information, please contact:

Anja ffrench, Founder, Mud & Bloom

Mobile: 07985 436214