Stewart Garden grow-your-own campaign reaches 135 schools

Stewart Garden's schools campaign has reached 135 schools since launching at Glee in September, beating its target of 100.

The campaign is being run in association with broadcaster Pippa Greenwood, and aims to inspire young children to get into growing their own produce. Brother has also donated towards the campaign.

Stewart Garden products, including propagators, seed trays, plant pots, troughs and watering cans are being donated to participating schools in kits which also include seeds and compost provided by participating garden centres.

Children at participating schools will receive a booklet produced by Stewart Garden and three varieties of easy grow vegetables seeds provided by Pippa Greenwood.

Stewart Garden and Pippa Greenwood will judge the progress of the participating schools and draw up a shortlist of five, from which a winner will be chosen. The winning school will receive £2,000 to be spent at their Stewart Garden Schools garden centre.

The second and third placed schools will receive £1,500 and £750 respectively, also for purchases at their nominating garden centre.

Stewart Garden CEO Richard Butler said: "We’re delighted that Stewart Garden Schools has proved so popular so early. Clearly, grow your own has captured the imagination of young minds across the country."

Calendar of activity:

  • 30 November 2012 Stewart Garden kits sent out to schools and list of participating schools released
  • May 2013 Schools are encouraged to visit for updates and to upload their photos to Facebook over the next couple of months to demonstrate their progress
  • 4 June 2013 Judging takes place at Stewart HQ, Banbury, where the top five schools are chosen.
  • Schools and Garden Centres are notified of judge’s visits to schools
  • 9 July 2013 Winner and runners’ up are announced and cheques presented to schools

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