Posts Tagged ‘competition winners’



Have you seen our Children’s Christmas Quiz in the School Zone under ‘What to do this Term’ on the Gardening With Children website?

It is a fun trivia quiz with a mix of religious and traditional Christmas questions and would be a perfect end of term activity either individually or as a team challenge, it is a multiple choice quiz which makes it easier and suitable for children of all ages.

Click here to go to the Christmas quiz.

Here are the answers: 1b, 2c, 3c, 4a, 5b, 6b, 7c, 8a, 9c, 10b, 11c, 12b, 13b, 14a, 15b, 16c, 17b, 18a, 19c, 20b


Congratulations to our September-November Competition Winners.

We had lots of correct entries for our Hedgehog Word Search Competition in the School Zone, the winner was Hempshill Hall Primary School, Nottingham who wins a Hedgehog Pack containing a Hogitat Hedgehog House, a Hedgehog Snack Bowl, a pack of Hedgehog Food and a guide to Hedgehogs.

I really enjoyed looking at all the lovely Hedgehog pictures that were entered in the Family Zone Competition, it was really hard choosing a winner but overall the winning picture was by Leah Jobson with her picture of ‘Sophie’ the hedgehog who ‘loves hugs and dislikes being alone’, Leah wins a Hedgehog pack containing an Igloo Hedgehog House, a Hedgehog Snack Bowl, a pack of Hedgehog Food and a guide to Hedgehogs.


Well done to both of you, I hope that you will soon have a hedgehog in your Hedgehog House.


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A big thank you to everyone that put pen, pencil, felt tip, crayon and paint to paper to create some wonderful, colourful and artistic pictures, what a talented lot you are. Choosing a winner was a hard task as each entry was worthy of a prize but there could only be two winners.

In the Family Zone and Kids Zone

We asked you to:
‘Bee’ creative and design a poster with the heading ‘Bee kind to Bees’  or  ‘Bee’ artistic and draw a picture of a Bee in your garden.

The winning entry was by Aimee Doe, aged 8, from Bletchley, well done Aimee, and she will receive  A Solitary Bee HiveA Butterfly/Bee Nectar Feeding Station and a Guide to Solitary Bees 

Aimee Doe bee picture

 Winning picture drawn by Aimee Doe, aged 8

We asked you to:

Simply draw or paint a picture of a Scarecrow, then give him/her a name.

The winning school was Whitegate End Community Primary School & Nursery, Chadderton, and the picture was by Jack Yarker, well done Jack, they will receive a  Scarecrow Kit complete with a hand crafted Head for their school garden.

Winning picture drawn by Jack Yarker, aged 7
Congratulations to you both

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Thanks to everyone who took part in our competitions in March – we had literally piles of entries coming into the office which is great!

The lucky first family out of the hat were the Bromilows from Lancashire.  Congratulations your Mini Raised Bed Starter Kit and seeds  are on their way. 

The winning school was West Oaks School in Leeds.  Well done to all the children who took part.  A copy of the brilliant book Edible Gardens in Schools is on its way to you, along with a mini Raised Bed Triple Starter Kit and seeds.  We hope you all enjoy your prizes this spring!

Every month here are Gardening With Children, we give away lots of free gardening and wildlife goodies to schools and families, through our competitions. 

If you would like to enter the competition for April click here for schools and click here for families.  Good Luck!  

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Huge thanks to everyone who took part in our October competitions.  The word search proved to be a hugely popular indoor activity for lots of gardening clubs and many of the pumpkin recipes were just delicious!

…The first correct word search entry out of the hat was from the gardening club at More Park R.C Primary School in Kent.  Congratulations to you all your bird feeding prizes are on their way to you.  We do hope you enjoy feeding the birds at your school over the winter months.

Our favourite pumpkin recipe came from Ileana Fernandes in Slough.  Congratulations Ileana for a truly yummy entry.  Below is her recipe for pumpkin, ricotta and pesto lasagne. 

We have found that one of the secrets to a good recipe is some fresh herbs to complement the other ingredients.  For everything you need to grow your own herbs on a windowsill take a look here.

Pumpkin peeled and cut into cubes
Grated Garlic Cloves
Dash of Olive Oil


  1. Roast the cubed pumpkin, mushrooms, onions and grated garlic cloves with a little olive oil and seasoning for around 30 to 40 minutes until soft and caramelised
  2. Meanwhile prepare the ricotta sauce by mixing 2 tubs of ricotta with a little milk to thin it out
  3. Blend some fresh basil with olive oil and a clove of garlic and then add to the ricotta
  4. Mix well and season to taste
  5. When the vegetables are cooked layer them on the bottom of a dish and follow with lasagne sheets
  6. For a more intense basil flavour add some more pesto or fresh basil leaves on top of each pasta sheet layer
  7. Add some ricotta mixture on top and continue to layer in this fashion
  8. Finally mix the remainder of the ricotta sauce with a little more milk to make a more runny texture and pour over the top lasagne sheet
  9. Add grated cheese over the top and cook in the oven for 20 to 3o minutes
  10. Serve with fresh green salad drizzled with pesto – DELICIOUS!

If you would like the chance to win a bird bath, a wooden bird table and some bird feed mix why not enter our family competition for November 2010.  …And if you are from a school have a go at our school competition where you could win a Recycling DVD, a leaf mould composter and a bottle of compost magic!  The closing date for both competitions is 30th November 2010 so get your entries to us as soon as you can!

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July is here and so are our new competitions! Take a look, and get your entry to us for a chance to win some lovely wildlife prizes!

School Competition for July

With only a few weeks left until the end of term we know how busy you all must be.  So we have made the July competition very quick and easy to enter.  Just send in a photo of some gardening in your school or nursery garden.  The top shots will appear on our blog, and the very best of the bunch will win a fabulous Bumber Bird Feeding Bundle.  Perfect for encouraging birds into the garden during the autumn term, it will include:

  • 1 x Birdie Bistro
  • 1x Pack of 3 Birdie Bistro Refills
  • 1 x Window Bird Feeder
  • 1 x Apple Bird Feeder
  • 1 x Roosting Pocket
  • 1 x Bird Table Cleaner
  • 1 x Bottle of Wildkleen Bird Table Sanitizer
  • The closing date is 31st July 2010, so send in your entries to competitions@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk today! 

    Family Competition

    Friends of the Earth came up with this great idea for helping others and the environment during the summer holidays…

    “Don’t pack loads of toys for your trip. Instead, when you arrive at your holiday destination, go into the local charity shop and buy some toys. Let the kids play with them on holiday and then before you leave donate them back. Think of it like a toy library while helping a charity make some money.”

    For this months family competition we would like to hear of anything you are up to over the summer to help others or the environment where you live….. Maybe you’re starting to recycle your rainwater,  growing flowers for butterflies or perhaps volunteering with a local wildlife group…. 

    Whatever you are up to, tell us in a few words and the best entry will win a Solar Insect Theatre – perfect for the study of all sorts of butterflies, moths and other flying insects.

    Send your entries to competitions@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk, or complete the form available here and pop it in the post to us.  All entries need to arrive with us by 31st July 2010.

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    Enormous thanks to everyone who got into the spirit of story telling and entered our April competition.  Some of your entries were heart warming, others funny …they were a delight to read.  Lydia Clarkson was the winner for her entry: 

    “Fuchsias in flower… memories of grandad… my hero”  

    But here are a few others which were close runners-up and we thought you might enjoy. 

    “Seaside paddling…
     finding shells…
    salty chips, perfect day”  

     Caroline Eccles from Accrington  

    “We climbed the mountain,  No ice cream van!”  

    Matthew Barnes from Carnforth 

    “Muddy wellies,  

    wiggly worms, 

     dirty water, 

    happy children”  

    Calvin Gear from Tonbridge 


    “Chickens ate the daffodils but laid yellower eggs”  

    Sallyanne Rose from Chatham 



    “Walking for pleasure,  

    no need for a coat”  

    Emily Hutchinson from Harrogate   

    “Walk to the swings to watch the grins”  

    Sarah Walford from Hethersett 

    “Slippy, slidy ice, wheeeeeeee, my friends and me”  

    Morag Bruce from Carbost, Isle of Skye  

    Thanks again to everyone who took part.  All of the runners-up featured here will receive a small pressie in the post from the Gardening With Children Team!

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