This year, we built on our relationships with local primary schools by holding a competition designed to encourage children to understand the relationship between food on their plates and plants we can grow.
In April, Altrincham in Bloom announced the 2018 Primary School Competition : A Meal in a Wheelbarrow.
Competing schools were asked to plant up a wheel barrow with edible key ingredients to make a tasty meal. Several schools in the area took part. They put the call out for old wheelbarrows and set about decorating them and choosing their ‘meal’. Meetings were held, seeds were sown and plants were nurtured.
AIB committee members Bev and Jayne judged the barrows on their impact, recipe, planting etc. They chatted to the children about their involvement and knowledge of the plants and their recipe. They also asked the teacher how they involved the children, organised, chose and selected the recipe and plants.
It was a fun competition to encourage gardening and healthy eating on a small scale and the standard was high.
The winner was Broadheath Primary School (teacher Rachel Feltham) for their ‘Chinese Stir Fry Wheelbarrow’. It had been painted in the lucky Chinese colours of red and gold. The plants including pak choi, spring onions and carrots had been grown from seed and were so healthy. The beans were growing up chopsticks and a dragon ‘scarecrow’ finished off the barrow.
Second place went to Navigation Road Primary School (teacher Heather Morris) for their Peter Rabbit inspired wheel barrow. A meal had been prepared for the judges from the ingredients – a tasty carrot and coriander soup with potato bread. The wheelbarrow was painted up with a Peter Rabbit quote.
Third place went to St. Hugh’s Catholic Primary School (teacher Sheridan Smith) for their pizza toppings Wheelbarrow. Basil, chilli and tomatoes were just some of the ingredients, all grown from seed. The wheelbarrow had been decorated in painted pasta in the colours of the Italian flag.
Trophies and certificates were awarded. Donated gifts from Homebase, Hobbycraft, Waitrose and Wilco were awarded to the prize winners. Plants and wildflower seeds were awarded to the runners up.
Runners Up – Willows Primary School & Oldfield Brow Primary School
It was a great competition which Altrincham in Bloom hope to repeat.