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Create a swamp garden with Notcutts this summer when children will be encouraged to get dirty with the help of a certain well-known ogre.

Developed in partnership with Shrek’s Adventure! London, the free trail will lead children around the garden centre to complete a fun quiz about Shrek and his friends. At the end of the trail, children can collect a packet of special cress seeds that have come all the way from Far Far Away, so they can create their own ‘Shrektacular’ swamp garden at home.

There are more ogre adventures to be found at Notcutts in the summer holidays as children will have the exciting opportunity to meet Shrek and Princess Fiona as they make a special visit to Notcutts Oxford on August bank holiday Monday from 9am to 11am.

Jonathan Tew, centre manager at Notcutts garden centre Oxford said: “This summer, we are teaming up with Shrek’s Adventure! London to encourage children to have fun in the garden and discover their own green fingers! Gardening is a fantastic hobby and there is so much children can get involved in from growing veg, creating a colourful window box or even finding creatures in the mud!

“This summer, when children complete our fun activity trail they can collect a packet of cress seeds to grow a miniature swamp garden that would impress even Shrek himself!”

Notcutts have four easy steps to create a swamp garden:

1. Find a pot, saucer or small tray

2. Line with damp cotton wool or kitchen paper

3. Sprinkle on the seeds and watch them grow!

4. Find some sticks, twigs and stones to decorate the miniature swamp

For more inspiration, watch Notcutts’ magic gardener Carol, Shrek and Princess Fiona make their own mini swamp  at

Children can share their swamp creations with Notcutts by tweeting a picture to @notcuttsuk

For more information about Shrek’s Adventure! London, visit

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