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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.


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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


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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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Congratulations to the lucky winners of our June competitions. 

The school competition was won by the Shinewater Primary School Eco Committee and the winner of our family competition was Grace Ellett and Grand mum Phyllis.  Well done we do hope you enjoy your prizes, and thanks to everyone else who entered.

If you would like a chance to win, why not enter our competitions for July.  For all the details click here for Families and here for Schools.  This month we have some wonderful wildlife goodies up for grabs.  Good luck with your entry! 

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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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Now is the time to send us your competition entries.  We have a competition for schools and one for families.  The prizes are fabulous and are all provided by The Recycleworks Ltd!!  Read on for more details, and remember the closing date for both competitions is 31st July 2009.

To enter our latest schools competition we would like you to put on your chefs hat and create your very own recipe.  If can be for anything you like but must include one item of fruit or veg that you have grown yourselves.  We’d then like you to make the dish of your choice, have a taste and then let us know how it all turned out.  Include photos with your entry if you can.
Assembling our Wooden Composter Bin is childs play

Assembling our Wooden Compost Bin is childs play

The best entry will win over £150 worth of Autumn Gardening Goodies including one our childrens’ twin wooden compost bins, a leaf mould composter, a Hogitat house for hibernating hedgehogs and a Frogitat house for frogs, plus a great selection of laminated full colour wildlife guides
Our Hogitat makes a snug winter home for a hedgehog

Our Hogitat makes a snug winter home for a hedgehog

All this will be delivered to your school at the start of the Autumn Term.  Plus all entrants will receive 10% off their next order from us.
For our latest family competition we would like you to go out into the garden and collect a few flowers and leaves that catch your eye – make sure you ask a grown up first or better still why not do it together.  Once you have a nice selection carefully press them in a flower press or large heavy book. 

For more advice on pressing flowers take a look at our Simple Guide to Pressing Flowers and Leaves.  After a few days take your pressed flowers and leaves and make into a picture or your choice. 

So why not have a go and in return you could win £100 worth of high quality gardening tools and bird care goodies.   Plus every household that enters will receive 10% off their next order from us.

The Apprentice Tools are very high quality, and made of stainless steel with a solid wooden handle

The Apprentice Tools are very high quality, and made of stainless steel with a solid wooden handle


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