Spuds they like – top crops win prizes

Potato Challenge winners Grendon Underwood School PNL-140729-170200001

Potato Challenge winners Grendon Underwood School PNL-140729-170200001


One of the most challenging growing seasons in years didn’t stop schools vying for the biggest haul of home-grown potatoes.

Nine schools took part in Buckingham Garden Centre’s Potato Challenge this year, despite the wettest ever winter followed by a balmy and prolonged spring and early summer.

The garden centre provided each school with six potato bags, potato tubers, potting compost, fertiliser and instructions on how to grow their spuds.

They were also sent regular updates with potato growing tips.

This year’s potato varieties were Rocket and Red Duke of York.

Grendon Underwood Combined School topped the table with its crop grown by Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils weighing in at a staggering 7.55kg – despite a near disaster when one of the bags failed to regrow after being hit by late frost.

Second place went to Great Horwood C of E Combined School at 4.76kg.

Garden Centre publicity manager Chris Day said: “Every year local schools really get behind our Potato Challenge.

“Although the number of entries was slightly down, the weights were good and the enthusiasm of the teachers and pupils remained wonderfully strong.

“Best of all, the children were able to understand the process of growing and using the potatoes in the kitchen, with the new potatoes reportedly being enjoyed by all the schools.”

The two prize winning schools received Buckingham Garden Centre vouchers to spend on their school garden projects.




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