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School gardening campaign extended across the UK

Your child's school could win vouchers for gardening gear! Picture; Town & Country
Your child's school could win vouchers for gardening gear! Picture; Town & Country

Win cash to spend on tools, wellies and gloves from Wilkinson Sword and Town & Country

Getting children into gardening is a cause close to my heart and one I frequently despair about, especially in my native NE England where scheme take-up seems particularly poor.

However, Wilkinson Sword Garden Tools has extended a campaign designed to get school children gardening, by joining forces with Town & Country and increasing its reach to the whole country.

In 2016, Wilkinson Sword launched a campaign encouraging primary schools in Oxfordshire to get gardening.

The winning school can win a £150 voucher to spend on tools from Wilkinson Sword and a £150 voucher from Town & Country to spend on gloves and wellies.

On the day that the prize is awarded, the winning school will be visited by the sponsors alongside 11-year-old Kelsi Rose.

child gardening
Indoctrinating children at an early age…

RHS Young Gardener of the Year nominee

Kelsi is part of a gardening club that previously won the competition, and was, this year, nominated for the RHS Young Gardener of the Year Award.

For six years, Kelsi has contributed to the growing areas within her school and her village.

All pupils have to do to enter is design a fruit and vegetable garden for their school, either be done as a group or individually.

Mark Hewett, garden division general manager for Wilkinson Sword and Town & Country, said: “We are really excited about this project.

“We are passionate about getting children in the garden, and are confident that this will get them inspired and motivated about getting their hands dirty, and their tummies full of home-grown food! We are really looking forward to seeing the designs.”

Pupils clearing weeds and planting out in beds marked with boards
Pupils clearing weeds and planting out in beds marked with boards

Teachers – get helpful gardening tips

Gardening expert Martin Fish will provide top tips and to be on the judging panel.

Martin writes for Garden News and Kitchen Garden, as well as being an RHS Garden Advisor, and a judge of show gardens and nursery displays at RHS shows.

Entry forms and Martin’s top tips to help schools get started have been sent out to primary schools across the country.

The closing date is November 30. To request an entry pack, email fayclarkson@paskett.co.uk or tweet @WSGardenTools.

Further information about Wilkinson Sword’s range can be found at www.wilkinsonsword-tools.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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