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Thank you to everyone who sent in an entry to our November / December 2012 competitions, they were all amazing and just shows how much creative talent there is, but it made choosing the winners all the more difficult.

Winning Entry by Isobel Stevens

Winning Entry by Isobel Stevens

The winner for the Family Competition was Isobel Stevens from Barry, South Glamorgan, ‘Well Done Isobel!’  Isobel has drawn a wonderful winter scene showing a Robin perched in a tree in a snowy garden complete with spade (which Robins often sit on) and a welcome bird feeder, she will receive as her prize:

Winning Entry by Ineasa, Newton Regis School

Winning Entry by Ineasa, Newton Regis School

The winner of the School Competition is Newton Regis School with the winning entry by Ineasa, ‘Well Done Ineasa’ we loved her Robin collage, it looks fabulous and would make a lovely Christmas card, it must have taken quite a long time to find, cut out and stick on all the pictures of the Robins, they will receive as their prize:

We hope that our winners enjoy these fantastic prizes and that they attract lots of birds into their gardens.

Gill

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The September/October School Zone Competition was to find 10 Hedgehog related words in our Hedgehog Wordsearch, the first correct winning entry pulled out of the hat was by Alex Courtman from Dane Ghyll County Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria and their fabulous prize is a Hogitat Hedgehog House, a Hedgehog Guide, a Hedgehog Snack Feeding Bowl and some Hedgehog Food – well done to them.

The September/October Family/Kids Zone Competition was a ‘Who am I? Wildlife Quiz’ the correct answers were  Q1 Ladybird,  Q2 Dragonfly,  Q3 Butterfly,  Q4 Toad,  Q5 Moth,  Q6 Hedgehog,  Q7 Bee,  Q8 Spider,  Q9 Bat,  Q10 Frog.

The first correct entry to be pulled out of the hat was from Taylor and Holly Rees from Gosport, Hampshire and they will receive a Mini Bug Bug Box, a Mini Bug Ladybird Tower and a Minibeast Guide – well done to them.

Thank you to everyone who entered these competitions, why not have a go at our

New Christmas Competitions

To enter our School Zone Competition all you need to do is to design a Christmas Card featuring a ‘Christmas’ Robin, it can be painted, crayoned, drawn in pencil/coloured pencil or could even be a collage. Our favourite card will win

To enter our Family/ Kids Zone Competition all you need to do is to send in a picture of a Christmas Robin that you have drawn, it can be painted, crayoned, drawn in pencil/coloured pencil or could even be a collage and our favourite picture will win

Have a look at the competitions pages for full details and an entry form, the closing date for both competitions is 31st December 2012.

Good Luck

Gill

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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.

Ingredients
Pumpkin peeled and cut into cubes
Mushrooms
Onions
Grated Garlic Cloves
Dash of Olive Oil
Seasoning

Method

  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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Brand new for 2010 we have some exciting Competition News.  To give schools and families a helping hand with gardening projects throughout the year, each month we will have an exciting new competition for each to enter.  
 
 
All the information can be found in the Family Zone Competition and the School Zone Competition.  There is something for everyone, but the first competition closes on 31st January 2010, so get your skates on and enter today!!
 
As always we are offering some excellent prizes from the Recycleworks Ltd.  This month  it’s the turn of potato growing kits, the childrens allotment plot and the fabulous Solar Insect Theatre.

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We are pleased to announce the proud winner of the Family Zone competition that ended recently.  She is Susie Talbot of Riverside Barn, Lancashire.

Susie opted for a Waste Buster Wormery as her prize.  Recycleworks Ltd do a great selection and she chose one with a window so her children could watch all of the worm activity going on inside.

Her wormery has been installed for a few weeks now and we were keen to find out what she thought of it.  This is what she said:

“With two small children and a busy Bed and Breakfast, we find we generate a fair few food scraps, tea bags, etc and so I was very keen to find a way of reducing the amount we throw away.

The wormery is great and the whole family is so excited about it.  It is very satisfying to separate out our food scraps for the worms, and the wormery is perfect for the children – just the right height for them to go and put the food in themselves.  The window is also brilliant and the worms seem to have really captured the children’s interest.

Susie and her son Tom with their new wormery.

Susie and her son Tom with their new wormery.

I’m so glad I went for a wormery it’s so satsifying to be putting our kitchen scraps to such good use!”

If you missed out on our last round of competitions, the good news is we are now running a new Family Zone Competition and School Zone Competition. Both end on 31st July and we are offering some fabulous gardening and wildlife prizes from the Recycleworks Ltd .  Do take a look and why not have a go – you could be a winner!!

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