Schools urged to get into the garden

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BBC Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins and the Flower Council of Holland have launched a nationwide schools competition today to give one primary school the chance to win a floral transformation of a dull outside area of their school using beautiful flowering bulbs.

Primary schools are being invited to get their creative kids to design just how they would perk up their playgrounds and update their asphalt. Guided by FCH, entries will be judged by Chris Collins and the winning school will have their own design brought to life with the help of Chris who will spend a hands-on day with the school transforming their chosen area.

Schools will be sent a briefing pack which contains a ‘1-2-3 Transform Your School’ poster template and instructions on how to transform it using a variety of flowering bulbs, pots, window boxes and hanging baskets. They will also be sent information about the different bulb flowers available and the variety of colours.

The competition is open until Friday, April 27 and the winning school will be selected by Chris Collins and announced on Wednesday 2 May. Runners up prizes will also be awarded:

Chris said: “This is a great way to get primary school kids excited about gardening and using colourful flowering bulbs in pots and in the ground is a really quick and easy way to spruce up tired environments and bring vibrancy to fast paced areas such as school playgrounds.”

Entries should be submitted by email to: transformyourschool@peretti.com or by post to: Transform Your School Competition, c/o Peretti Communications Ltd, 247-249 Cromwell Road, London, SW5 9GA