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The winning primary schools planting day took place at Notley Green Primary School, an exuberant morning was spent with class 4 (ages 8-9 years) where we all learnt a great deal from Hannah Powell (Perrywood Garden Centre).  The children were extremely enthusiastic and showed great maturity whilst listening to a very informative session.  It was clear they thoroughly enjoyed the planting experience and were happy to get stuck in!   We were delighted to hear all about Notley Greens forest school activities which are mostly child-led and have included:- scavenger hunts and mini beast safaris,den building, mud kitchen ‘cookery’,  tree planting and gardening!

Special Schools Category: 

The winning special school’s planting day took place at Cedar Hall School, and we welcomed back Alison Findlay from Royal Horticultural Society.  The children who joined us were part of the schools gardening club, they were all very keen and extremely helpful, which included some hard digging!  The gardening area provided is an amazing facility for all the children to engage with, and it was fantastic to hear that some of the food grown is sold as an additional income to help support their passion for gardening.

Growing Communities invited 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 children were asked to 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 wanted to hear some exciting and new ideas for lunches, encouraging the children to put a twist on the usual packed lunch and create an explosion for the taste buds!

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

Primary Schools

Special Schools



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