St Francis C of E Primary School in Falmouth was the winning school in the South West region in this year's national Grow Your Own Potatoes competition from the Potato Council.
Branston provides Piccolo Star seed potatoes to thousands of schools in the South West for the regional aspect of the competition. As well as the overall national prize, the school that grows the potatoes with the heaviest weight in each region wins a prize of a colourful Marmax Buddy Bench for their playground. The pupils from St Francis C of E managed to grow a healthy crop of 3270g of potatoes from their Piccolo Star seed.
This year’s Grow Your Own Potatoes competition reached over 15,600 primary schools nationwide. The initiative has involved over two million children in the ten years since it began in 2004.
St Francis C of E was officially presented with its Buddy Bench prize by Ian Wait, General Manager of Branston’s South West site in Ilminster, on October 2nd. Ian commented:
"We’re delighted to support the Potato Council’s Grow Your Own Potatoes initiative once again. The children get so much out of the project: learning all about potatoes and how they grow. Piccolo Star is a brilliant variety for schools to grow as you get lots of tubers, which really mount up for a fantastic early crop."
Picture shows students from Year 1 and Year 6 with Mrs Varker and Ian Wait.
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