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            The Healthy Packed Lunch Plot

                       Competition Returns


                                                                    Danbury Park Community School 2017 Winners

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

Growing Communities invites all children in primary schools and special schools 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


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!

The FIRST 20 Primary Schools and FIRST 8 Special Schools to register will receive a PLANTING KIT kindly sponsored by Perrywood Garden Explorers.

All applications received by Friday 12th January 2018 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 for special schools. 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 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.

Entry Deadline

All entries must be received by 9:00am Friday 23rd February 2018


                                                               GOOD LUCK !



                                                                             Thiftwood School 2017 Joint Winners



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