AD: Get Out and Grow launches school gardening kit giveaway

Getting children outside and learning about their environment and how things grow is so important. Children need to learn about their world and how it works if we are going to get them interested in the environment and healthy living.

My son’s pre-school have just been on a school trip as a part of their ‘growing’ topic. During their trip, they had the opportunity to get digging and planting different types of vegetable and flowers as well as look at all the plants and foods that are growing already. They also had a chance to explore woodlands and find out all about animal habitats and looking after the environment. Aside from coming home absolutely exhausted, Benjamin had the most amazing day and has really become enthused with growing plants and learning about where food comes from.

Just in time for the summer, Get Out and Grow, is launching an incentive encouraging students to head outside and get planting, growing and learning about just where fruit and vegetables come from.

Why? Because according to a recent survey, 90% of children said that they would like a garden at school and at one primary school in Lincolnshire, a school garden made all the difference when it came to pupil’s behaviour.

The Benjamin Adlard Primary School, run by headmaster Sam Coy, was previously rated by Ofsted as one of Britain’s worst schools. Four years and one school garden later, and the Gainsborough school has won the national Pearson award for School of the Year: Making a Difference.

Headmaster Coy insists: “The children absolutely love den-building, just generally getting dirty and nature hunts. One child recently told me that he loves going to the forest school on a Tuesday afternoon so much as it helps him to behave all week as he never wants to not be able to go.”

Giveaway Time

Get out and grow

Starting in June and running throughout the month, Get Out and Grow will award school gardening starter kits to 20 primary schools or nurseries in the UK. The kits will include:

– Children’s wheel barrow
– Small Watering can
– Extra long fork
– Extra long spade
– Children’s hand spade x6
– Children’s hand spade x6
– Children’s gloves x6

And the good news is, anyone can enter! Nominating your local primary school or nursery is easy. Just fill in the widget below and enter the details of your chosen school to be in with the chance to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sponsored by British skincare brand, Sudocrem, the Get Out and Grow project was created following research that suggested gardening is being forgotten and that many children lack basic knowledge about the natural world and where their food comes from.

Despite the fact that 87% of British households have a garden, over half of British children between 4 and 8 are unable to name 5 vegetables or fruits grown in them and 95% were unable to name 3 herbs. Many of those couldn’t identify gardening tools, with only 8% able to identify a trowel, 80% never having seen a rake before and, worrying, 79% believing worms are bad for plants.

73% of those asked said they had never grown a sunflower, while only 8% had ever picked an apple, which perhaps explains why they’re unable to name even one. Less than 10% had dug up a vegetable and only 6% had ever eaten a fresh pea from the pod. Based on this evidence, it is perhaps unsurprising that only 20% have ever eaten a vegetable they’ve grown themselves.

Editor’s Notes

Research was conducted amongst 300 children, nationwide, aged between 4 and 8 years old – contacted via an online panel and accessed via their parent/guardian. Fieldwork was carried out between the 28th February and 2nd March 2019.

Visit www.sudocrem.co.uk for more information

Rafflecopter Terms and Conditions

The giveaway is for 1 x gardening kit for your local primary school or nursery . The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on 30.06.19 and is open to UK entrants over the age of 18 years.

The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing. The winner has 28 days to claim their prize and provide their contact details. The prize will be sent to the winner directly from Sudocrem . The prize is non-transferable. There is no cash alternative. The giveaway is run by What Mummy Thinks in conjunction with Sudocrem.

Comments

  1. Emma Walters says:

    i would choose my son’s primary school as the reception area has an outdoor area which would def benefit from having a little garden of their own

  2. Alice Dixon says:

    My two son’s school (Filey nursery and Infants Academy) as they would really benefit from it and appreciate it

  3. Lyndsey says:

    I nominate St Johns catholic infant school as my 2 children love it there, they jump out of bed in the mornings and cannot wait for the school day to start

  4. Gill Barwood says:

    I nominate Hertford Infant School in Brighton where my daughter works as a reception teacher. It’s a small school and is very low on funding, despite serving an area where there is quite a lot of social deprivation. They have a nice outside space with lots of potential but not a lot of resources for equipment, so I know this would be a very welcome prize for them.

  5. iain maciver says:

    our local primary school

  6. laura stewart says:

    dallam school because its our local school my daughter goes to xx

  7. Kim Neville says:

    My son’s school Bromet, They have a gardening lesson where they help outside and plant things so these would be very useful for the school

  8. Stourport primary school where i work as dinner lady

  9. Sean Eccles says:

    Redhill primary school because it’s my kids school and they have been amazing We just received letter home stating they are starting a project of a community garden on the school grounds.
    This would be a great help for the kids to help get involved and just show little appreciation for helping my kids thrive so much

  10. Nicola Marshall says:

    My son & daughter’s primary school. They have an allotment so this would be very useful.

  11. Shelly Wenn says:

    My two sets of twinnies village primary school would love these.

  12. I nominate Meadowbrook Primary School. We’ve just set up an eco-committee and as part of this, hope to make planting and growing a focus where children will grow their own vegetables.

  13. Claire V says:

    My daughter school, Manor School, they are revamping their playground and would welcome mre gardening kit.

  14. Beanfield Primary School in Corby – in a large town there is not a lot of green space but the school have started a Forest school gardening club and could really use some help to get going! 🌳🌷

  15. Natasha Cross says:

    My little brothers school as it will be perfect for them to make a start on a community garden

  16. Adrian Bold says:

    I would like to nominate my sisters school where she teaches which is Park School in Blackpool

  17. Emma Woodhouse says:

    I would love this for my son’s school Grosvenor Park Primary School

  18. Rachel McMillan says:

    I would nominate at Joseph’s school in Christchurch Dorset as it’s my daughters school

  19. Rebecca Nisbet says:

    I would nominate St Matthews Bloxam C of E in Rugby. They have a class which all the years do called Forest School where they learn all about the outdoors, so these would be so appreciated.

  20. Kate Sharman says:

    Holy cross Catholic academy, whitwick
    My children’s school and they have a little garden in the playground

  21. Ursula Hunt says:

    I nominate St Matthews Primary School, Prudhoe, Northumberland who are developing a community garden

  22. JULIE WARD says:

    Loveclough, near Rawtenstall

  23. Catherine Stewart says:

    My local primary school Swiss Valley, Llanelli, as both my nieces attend.

  24. Laura a says:

    Bleak hill primary, they’d love to win to make our school garden better

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hazlemere C E school. Gardening equipment would help the children work in multi age teams and get the children outside the classroom!

  26. Marie-Claire says:

    I would choose Hazlemere C of E Combined School – the parents helped to build a lovely veg patch and even the nursery and reception class are growing some crops – they could do with some proper tools to really help make the most of their gardening sessions.

  27. Samantha O'D says:

    Co-op academy Oakwood in Leeds, my girls attend, they have a gardening project going on. My daughter was involved last year and loved it.

  28. Rachel Butterworth says:

    Bank End Primary School, because they deserve it! I don’t really know what else to say.

  29. Sally T says:

    Hugh Myddelton school in London. It is an inner city scholl, and the children need extra help to engage with nature.

  30. Henley Green Primary School Coventry is in a deprived area and many great of the children don’t have a garden so this would be great to teach the children how to grow things

  31. Margaret Gallagher says:

    BELTHORN primary nr BLACKBURN

  32. Rebecca Whatmore says:

    I would use it to raise money for my local hedgehog rescue. I sell things at fetes to raise money for the poorly and injured hogs.

  33. carol boffey says:

    old church primary darlaston west midlands

  34. Joanna Nichol says:

    Prestwood Infant School Bucks as they are currently working towards getting an eco award and this would help with sustainability

  35. Selena Longworth says:

    My daughters primary school Southtown Primary would love these for there nature area. My little girl is in the reception class and learning about growing things at the moment 🙂

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