Primary school pupils in Wellingborough are getting ready to show off their gardening skills in a competition which aims to inspire them to grow and eat more vegetables.
The children are being challenged to create an ‘edible border’ – a raised bed for growing vegetables – with a top prize of £1,000 of school equipment on offer for the best.
Interested schools have until February 28 to sign up to the competition.
The contest is the idea of Wellingborough Norse, the company which carries out environmental services on behalf of the council, and is sponsored by local organisation DA Efficient Gas Services.
The two companies will provide everything schools need to get their edible borders up and running, including a variety of vegetable seeds, fertiliser, sleepers to create the raised beds, and child-sized tools and gloves.
Help will also be offered with constructing, planning and designing the borders.
Steve Dunkley, of Wellingborough Norse, said: “We came up with the idea of the competition to encourage local youngsters to learn how to grow vegetables, and to help them to understand the importance of vegetables in a healthy diet.
“We also believe it’s really important that children have an understanding of where vegetables come from and how they grow, rather than just seeing the end result in a supermarket.
“Most young children have a natural curiosity about nature and we’re hoping to encourage them to explore and develop that.”
Schools in the borough which want to take part in the competition and be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £1,000 of school equipment can email Steve Dunkley by February 28.
Judging will take place over July 14 and 15 and participating schools are encouraged to take pictures and videos to help with the judging process.
The level of involvement, enthusiasm and maintenance by the children will also be taken into account.