Morrisons Let's Grow Programme seeking 'Young Gardeners of the Year'

The Morrisons Let's Grow programme will mark its fifth year by seeking Britain's Young Gardeners of the Year and by extending the scheme beyond schools and into local communities.

Half the child population of the UK - more than five million children - now have access to Let’s Grow equipment and seeds at their school, with 26,500 schools registered.

This year saw Let’s Grow launch on August 20 and extend out of the classroom with communities that are part of the Incredible Edible campaign able to get involved.

Incredible Edible aims to grow local food around the town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire, using land at various sites ranging from a fire station to the local health centre. Anyone taking part in a number of Incredible Edible areas is able to collect Let’s Grow vouchers and redeem them for equipment or seeds.

Morrisons will be on the lookout for Britain’s best young gardeners from September, asking schools to nominate children and rewarding them with gardening equipment and other prizes.

Let’s Grow, which has given away £12 million worth of equipment and seeds to schools since its inception, will also offer participants the chance to grow the sort of unusual vegetables which are featured in the Morrisons ‘Fresh Format’ stores. These include items like Romanesco cauliflower, multi-coloured chard and purple carrots.

New equipment will also be made available – including bird boxes with cameras inside.

Morrisons community manager David Hewitt said: "We’re excited about entering our fifth year of Let’s Grow and are looking forward to taking the programme outside of schools for the first time.

"We know Britain is filled with budding young gardeners as well, which is why we are on the lookout for the best our schools have to offer this year. I’m sure the competition will be fierce and we’re looking forward to receiving our first entrants."

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