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Brentwood in Bloom Schools Competition 2016 sponsored by Calcott Hall Farm, Nicks Tyres and Bennetts Funeral Directors

BRENTWOOD IN BLOOM 2016

We are writing to you earlier than usual about the Brentwood in Bloom Schools Competition.   Following the 2015 topic of ‘Bee Friendly Gardening’ and the enthusiasm of so many students and teaching staff (especially Doddinghurst Juniors) we have looked again for a topic to appeal to as many as possible, encompassing all age groups.

We are also looking at different areas which could be judged to give as many schools as possible a chance to enter and excel even if they haven’t taken part before, or for a few years.

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The topic for the competition to be judged late June/early July 2016 will be ‘Circle of Life’. We put this suggestion to a few of the winning schools which we presented to this year and the idea was looked upon favourably.  We should like to see the schools looking into the following categories of gardening:-

  1. Design – this would involve planning the areas which you are going to plant if you have a garden, designing and making planters, with help from parents. You may be able to recycle various items, you would certainly be able to obtain old tyres from Nicks Tyres to make potato planters, they would look great if painted, you would need to call them first and they will put them aside for you.
  1. Quality of the crops – we would anticipate providing seed potatoes and salad crop seeds, this would enable schools whose gardening club rotates to give more students an opportunity to become involved. They could then show judges their produce and give them a chance to taste it too.  It would be useful to keep a diary with photographs to explain this to the judges.  Sometimes plant pests can disappoint children whose crops have been flourishing, only to be eaten by rabbits, how you deal with pests could be judged too.
  1. Interpretation – the judges would be looking at ways in which this year’s topic is being interpreted within the National Curriculum.

The Schools Competition is being sponsored once again by Calcott Hall Farm, Nicks Tyres and Bennetts Funeral Directors. PLEASE CALL 01277 210104 FOR AN ENTRY FORM!

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