Take part in Grandparent Gardening Week and win some fantastic prizes!

As spring returns Grandparent Gardening Week is the perfect time to kick start your school or nursery garden, and to engage grandparents, carers and the wider community (including local allotment holders) to provide support, advice and guidance on gardening.

For this year’s Grandparent Gardening Week completion, we want you to send us in a picture which captures the essence of all that’s happening on your Grandparents Gardening Day(s).

You can be as creative or traditional as you like - below are a few suggestions to get you thinking:

  • Green-fingered grandparents helping out in your garden
  • Your pupils and teachers showing off their wellies
  • Growing inspired crafty makes such as a seed mosaic or collage, or a beautiful painting of your garden in bloom
  • Pupils and grandparents enjoying a home cooked lunch

How to enter

Entering is simple, all you need to do is upload a picture to Twitter using the hashtag #FFLGGWeek, or upload the picture through your blog on your online portal. Don't forget to have the necessary photo permissions from parents before you upload.

Prizes

Wooden Veg Trug Planters courtesy of Veg Trug

Joe Denham of VegTrug has kindly donated a classic wooden VegTrug worth £109.99! 

The Small 1m VegTrug will hold 3.5 (60L) bags of compost, is sourced from sustainable plantation grown fir. Each VegTrug comes with a purpose built, fitted membrane liner. Find out more here

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First Tunnels

A polytunnel to the value of £1,500 courtesy of First Tunnels

Sean Barker of First Tunnels has generously donated one school the amazing opportunity to win a polytunnel to the value of £1,500. The First Tunnel team will work with the winner to design a polytunnel that works within the space they have and best fits their needs. Depending on the location of the winning school or nursery, First Tunnels may also be able to support you with the construction of your tunnel.

Every school should have a polytunnel. Think of it as an extra classroom where young minds can enjoy the thrill of watching nature work its wonders... right through the year. And the real beauty is that a First Tunnels polytunnel is infinitely adaptable. We have supplied schools where our polytunnels are sited one on grass and on soil... putting the land to work. We have even located polytunnels on tarmac or paved areas and use growbags or raised beds to create a fantastic growing environment.

From a science study area for high school students...to a 'nursery' class for toddlers, polytunnels provide a year-round 'classroom' without walls. A space where inquisitive minds can enjoy a real hands-on experience of nature at work. Not a text book, not a lesson delivered from pictures and charts, but a real interactive adventure exploring and discovering how and why things grow.

And of course, there’s an added bonus too. Your very own harvest of wonderfully fresh fruit and vegetables to enjoy at school...or take home to impress the family.
The possibilities are endless...an ever changing classroom, full of colour, full of fun and a fantastic base for children of all ages to learn. Whatever the timetable there’s an activity in the tunnel that will bring the subject to life, get the children involved and open everyone’s eyes to new and exciting things.

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An Edible Sensory Border courtesy of Garden on a Roll

The Garden on a Roll edible sensory border is designed to appeal to your senses; combining aromatic, edible and colourful shrubs with rustling grasses and vibrant perennials.

Plants are selected from the following range depending on seasonality - Achillea, Bay, BlackBery Buddleja, Chives, Choisya, Fennel, Gallardia, Gooseberry, Grasses, Lavender, Marjoram, Parsely, Raspberry, Red Currant, Rosemary, Sage, Sambucus, Santolina, Strawberry, Thymes. 
All Border Orders Include:

All required plants
Bio-degradable, professionally designed planting template - on a roll!
Ground pegs
Gloves 
Hand trowel
Delivery

Find out more here.

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Who can enter

Your school or Early Years setting must be subscribed to our Schools or Early Years Award or Membership packages to enter our competition.

Closing date

All blogs must be received by midnight on Friday 28th April 2017. We will advise the winners that they have been successful by the end of the following week.

Terms and conditions

  1. Schools and Early Years settings who submit their Grandparent Gardening Week blog by midnight on Friday 28th April 2017 will be considered eligible.
  2. This competition is exclusively open to Soil Association Food for Life schools and Early Years setting who have subscribed to our Membership or Awards package.
  3. Food for Life’s decision is final.
  4. Food for Life reserves the right to use the winning school in its future marketing communications.

Each VegTrug is delivered flat packed in one box, is easy to assemble and comes with a pu
Each VegTrug is delivered flat packed in one box, is easy to assemble and comes with a pu
Each VegTrug is delivered flat packed in one box, is easy to assemble and comes with a pu
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"Growing activity increased self-esteem and confidence, especially in pupils who didn’t flourish in other aspects of school life."Cree Report (2011, p.35)

Growing your way to your next award

Find out how holding a Grandparent Gardening Week activity can help you meet our Award criteria.

Schools

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