Growing Communities competition – winners announced!

We are delighted to sponsor the Growing Communities Healthy Packed Lunch Plot Competition again this year – we love encouraging children to get outside and grown their own food, and hope to inspire them to become keen gardeners in the future!

All primary schools in Essex were invited to design a kitchen garden plot and create a recipe for a healthy packed lunch using its produce. The winners, selected by three judges including Hannah Powell from Perrywood, have now been announced.

For the Primary School category (age 4-7 years):

WINNER – St Helen’s Junior School, Brentwood – Scarlett, age 7 – ‘Minon Salad’

Scarlett with Eva Rauch Gardening Club & SENCO and Head Teacher Mrs Laraway


RUNNER UP – Fingringhoe Primary School, Colchester – Harry, age 6 – ‘Harry’s Delicious Lunch’


For the Primary School category (age 8-11 years):

WINNER – Friars Grove Primary School, Colchester – Grace, age 10 – ‘Crop Pop’

Grace with two Learning Support Assistants Kim Sherwood (left) and Rachel Hynes (right) who are instrumental in this project


RUNNER UP – Danbury Park Community Primary School – Emmy, age 8 – ‘Pye’s Perfect Pack Lunch’


For the Specials School category:

WINNER – The Endeavour Co-operative Academy, Brentwood – Terrie, age 14 – ‘Traffic Light Salad’

Terrie with Head Teacher John Chadwick (left) and Teacher Patrick Creedon (right)


RUNNER UP – Cedar Hall School, Benfleet – Caitlin, age 12 – ‘Chicken Kebab & Salad’

All the winners will choose £500 gardening equipment or plants donated by Perrywood. The runners up will choose £150 gardening equipment or plants, also donated by Perrywood.

The Growing Communities project is managed by the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE). The project encourages young people to eat healthily, understand and learn about food provenance whilst capturing their imaginations. It helps assist with creating links between generations, enabling shared knowledge and promotes working with communities.

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up – we hope that this competition with encourage planting activities in more schools across Essex!