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Summer is here and there is nothing better than being outdoors and exploring.

Why not have a go at our new competition in the Family Zone for a chance to win some great wildlife products – all you need to do is to go on a Bug Hunt, this could be in your garden, a friends garden, on your allotment, on a day out or even on holiday.

There are thousands of different species of Insects, but being small and quite elusive they often go unnoticed in our day-to-day life, why not go and explore to see what is living on your doorstep.

Fritillary Butterfly

Fritillary Butterfly

What to take

An Insect Guide or Book, Camera, Magnifying Glass, Note Pad, Pencil.

Where to look

Have a look under stones, rocks, plant pots, logs, rotting wood, in compost heaps and long grass, on the underside of leaves, on flower heads, in leaf litter.

Bugs or Insects you may find

  • Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • Ladybirds
  • Grasshoppers/Crickets
  • Beetles
  • Butterflies
  • Hoverflies
  • Aphids/Greenfly
  • Moths
  • Lacewings
  • Ants
  • Wasps
  • Bees
  • Earwigs
  • Flies

Make a list of the Bugs and Insects that you find, you may want to take a photograph or draw a picture of them.

Write down which bug or insect was your favourite and why?

What you can win

A Ladybird Tower


And a Butterfy Bee Nectar Feeding Station


How to enter

Simply tell us which bug or insect was your favourite and why?

Fill in your answers on the entry form (click here) with your details and send in to gill@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk or by post to Gardening with Children Family Competition, Unit 1, Bee Mill, Ribchester, Preston PR3 3XJ by the closing date of Monday 31st August 2015.

This is a great way to get children (and adults) outdoors and interested in their environment, and it is something that everyone can do whatever their age.

Happy hunting and good luck!



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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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As the days begin to shorten and the nights take on a cooler air it becomes an important time for animals such as hedgehogs, as they start to hunt out places to hibernate. So this months family competition has a slightly prickly theme!


See how much you know about these enchanting creatures by entering our Hedgehog Quiz. The closing date is 30 September 2010.

The first correct set of answers out of the hat will win the perfect home for a hedgehog – a Hogitat plus the laminated Field Guide to Hedgehogs and some Hedgehog Food which is perfectly designed to give hedgehogs a nutritious meal to see them into their winter hibernation.


So here are the questions

(1) Why are hedgehogs known as the gardeners friend?

(2) Name two ways that you can encourage hedgehogs into your garden

(3) Hedgehogs are mainly nocturnal – what does that mean?

(4) True or False: A hedgehog may travel 2 miles in a night?

(5) Give one reason why animals hibernate in winter

Send your answers by email to competitions@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk or fill out the form here and post to Gardening With Children, Unit 1, Bee Mill, Ribchester, Lancashire. PR3 3XJ.

Good Luck!

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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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