If you’ve decided that this is the year you’ll get some help with groundworks in Lancashire and sort out your garden so that you and your family can spend more time out there, then you may want some advice on how best to get your kids to make the most of this outdoor space.

There are a few simple things you can do to get them to engage with your garden, with iNews recommending that you start by planting some plants that are easy to grow.

For something that’s easy to grow from seed, start with the likes of sunflowers, marigolds or poppies. These are great because they produce such colourful and distinctive blooms when they flower.

The website also notes that the likes of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) are good options because of their smell, bringing an extra sensory element to your garden.

You may also want to try to grow plants that you can eat. Lettuce, radish, runner beans and courgettes are among the easiest options if you’re just starting out.

But the plants themselves aren’t the only things to interest children in your garden. There are a host of native birds, insects and animals that you can introduce them too as well.

We recently offered some advice on how to establish your garden for wildlife, with tips from the Royal Horticultural Society including placing nest boxes at strategic points around your garden, and providing food and water for birds and other creatures in your outdoor space.

Leaving log piles, stone walls and thick shrubs around your garden can provide the perfect hiding places for all manner of animals and insects, and with a little research you can cultivate all kinds of plants and protect them using entirely natural methods.