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'Healthy Packed Lunch Plot'

Win allotment equipment for your school and the opportunity to plant your design!


Growing Communities invites all children in primary schools, special schools and community groups of Essex to take part in designing a healthy kitchen garden plot and also create a recipe for a healthy packed lunch using the produce.

The age groups for the competition are: Infants (Years R,1&2) and Junior (Years 3-6)

Think about the vegetables, fruit and herbs that could easily be grown at school or at home and when harvested, could be used to make the perfect healthy packed lunch.  The 'dish' can be sweet or savoury but must include the produce from the plot.  You can also use additional ingredients for example: pasta, rice, bread, couscous, meat , fish or chicken and not forgetting some seasoning!

We want to hear some exciting and new ideas for lunches, try putting a twist on the usual packed lunch and create an explosion for the taste buds!

To enter the competition please go the page for your category:

Primary schools

Special schools

Community Groups

Registering: This is free just by answering a few questions - please provide full contact details so that we can ensure you are entered into our competition!

Applications received by Thursday 12th January 2017 will receive free seeds, kindly sponsored by Kings Seeds

Format: Entries need to be submitted on the A3 template provided in your entry pack.  Entries can use any medium they choose to create their kitchen garden design.  Recipes can be written by hand or typed and printed out, but must be securely fixed to the template and fit within its confines.

Judging Criteria: Judges will be looking for originality, variety of produce used, simple preparation and the ability to easily fit into ones lunch box!

What you can win: There will be one overall winner from each category, two runners up for schools and one runner up each for special schools and organisation's. There will also be a number of Highly Commended Certificates, awarded at the judges discretion.

Submitting your entries:  Only one entry per student can be submitted and all entries must be submitted by the school or organisation on behalf of the student, in one consignment.  You may wish to hold your own competition or vote and just send us the best entries - or you might like to send them all to us.


All entries must be received by 9am

on Monday 27th February 2017

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