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Finalists Announced for Children’s Veg Box Competition
2010-07-09

TV gardener Christine Walkden, of BBC’s The One Show will get a flavour of the green fingered expertise of Yorkshire youngsters when she visits the Great Yorkshire Show next week.

TV Gardener Christine Walkden, of BBC’s The One Show

TV Gardener Christine Walkden, of BBC’s The One Show

The famous gardener is judging the finalists of the Show’s new Children’s Vegetable Garden Competition to decide the overall winner. Ms Walkden visits the three day countryside extravaganza next Wednesday (14 July). The Show attracts some 130,000 through the gates, with the new look Garden Show likely to prove a hit with visitors.

The competition was launched in April when some 30 schools were each given a metre square box, vegetable plants and seeds and compost to begin growing their vegetables. The aim is to encourage youngsters to be more aware of where their food comes from and the value of healthy eating.

The growers of the eleven best boxes have been invited to bring them to the Garden Show at the Great Yorkshire Show for judging. Christine will announce the winning school on Wednesday, and they will receive the Yorkshire Young Growers Shield. All schools will receive Great Yorkshire Show prize cards and vouchers from Moorland Nurseries, Knaresborough.

The finalists are:

  • Woodthorpe Primary School in York
  • Woodlands Junior School, Harrogate
  • Redhill Junior School, Castleford
  • North Rigton School near Harrogate
  • Rufforth Primary School near York
  • Barwick-in-Elmet C of E Primary School, Leeds
  • St John’s C of E Primary School , Knaresborough
  • Deighton Gates Primary in Wetherby
  • Holy Trinity C of E Junior School , Ripon
  • Warmsworth Primary, Doncaster
  • Tickhill Estfield Primary School

The competition is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in co-operation with the National Farmers Union and Stockbridge Technology Centre near Selby. Bulrush Horticulture Ltd kindly provided the compost for schools.

For further information about the Great Yorkshire Show, please visit www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk.

link Only Days to Go and All Set for Great Yorkshire Show
link Native Breeds National Show at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show
link Bumper Show of Livestock at the Great Yorkshire Show

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