Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project has launched a competition to see which school can grow the longest carrot.
A prize of £100 and a year’s supply of seeds will be awarded to the school that grows the longest carrot. There will also be two runners up prizes.
St Andrew’s Primary School headteacher Linda Paley said she thought the competition was a great idea.
‘It’s always important to make gardening interesting so that children not only understand more about the environment, learn where their food comes from and how to grow it and develop healthy lifestyles, but have fun at the same time.
Participating schools must register to enter the competition by Wednesday 6 February. All entrants will receive starter packs, which contain giant carrot seeds. Judging will take place on Wednesday 26 June 2013.
Nikki Symons of Floral Guernsey said carrots were a relatively easy vegetable to grow and the competition would encourage schools to get started on their gardens this spring.
‘The beginning of March is the right time to be sowing your carrots and placing on a heated propagator or windowsill. There are plenty of things the children can do to encourage their carrots to grow. Instructions are set out in the starter pack along with the giant seeds,’ said Mrs Symons.
‘We wanted to run a competition that all the schools could get involved in as the carrots can be grown in the ground, raised beds and even troughs or barrels.’
To register for the longest carrot competition please email firstname.lastname@example.org