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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.

First Prize:  £500 gardening equipment for your school and a planting day with a gardening expert!

Runners up: £150 gardening equipment for your school

To help give every little person a chance we have changed the age categories this year.  For Primary Schools only there will be two winners each receiving £500 worth of gardening equipment!  

Primary school age:   Category one: Reception – Year 3  (4-7 year olds) 

                                     Category two:   Juniors - Year 4 – 6  (8-11 year olds)

Special school age:   5 years old up to the age of 16 years

The children need to think about the vegetables, fruit and herbs that could easily be grown at school or at home and when harvested, which 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 complete this short SURVEY and please ensure to include all your schools contact details. 


Please click the following links to view 2018 winners and runners up:                                                    

Primary Schools

Special Schools


* Free Potato Planter Kit - one per school which is to be collected from Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree.


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