I’m a huge advocate for getting children outdoors and immersed in nature. That’s why when I heard about Get Out and Grow I knew that I wanted to spread the word!
Get Out and Grow is launching an incentive encouraging students to head outside and get planting, growing and learning about where fruit and vegetables come from.
When I was growing up we had a huge apple tree in our back garden. My sister and I loved climbing it, but we enjoyed picking apples from the tree and eating them even more!
We’ve recently received an apple tree and grape vine tree so that my children can watch, help nurture and learn about where fruit comes from. Of course, I’m sure they’ll enjoy picking their own fruit from our garden too!
Did you know that according to a recent survey, 90% of children said that they would like a garden at school and at one primary school in Lincolnshire have said that a school garden has 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. How amazing is that!
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.”
I think my children are very lucky with their own school as they do lots of outdoor learning and the school even their own chickens and a gardening club!
Starting this month and running throughout the whole June, Get Out and Grow are awarding school gardening starter kits to 20 schools nationwide. The kits include:
- Children’s wheel barrow
- Small watering can
- Extra long fork
- Extra long spade
- Children’s hand spade x 6
- Children’s hand forks x 6
- Children’s gloves x 6
If you’d like the chance to win one of these fantastic kits for your school, all you need to do is nominate your school via the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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. This really saddens me. I think it’s so important that children are encouraged to learn about gardening and growing food.
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.
So what are you waiting for? Get your children outside and get growing!
Competition Terms and Conditions
Prize is only eligible for nurseries and primary schools in the UK
Prize will be sent directly to the winning nursery or primary school
Invalid entries will not be counted
Prize is a one school gardening starts kit – No alternatives will be offered
Competition opens 12am on 04/06/19 and closes 12am on 14/06/19
Winner will be drawn at random. The winner will be announced and notified within 7 working days of the competition closing
Winners have 30 days to claim their prize before a new winner will be drawn
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