Hunt for top young gar­den­ers be­gins

The Northland Age - - Local News -

En­tries for this year’s Young Gar­dener of the Year awards have opened, the or­gan­is­ers urg­ing chil­dren, and their pri­mary schools, around the coun­try to en­ter.

A new cat­e­gory this year, the T&G Pas­sion for Grow­ing Award, means that any pri­mary school can en­ter, even if they aren’t yet part of the Gar­den to Ta­ble pro­gramme. Prizes will in­clude a pro­fes­sional gar­den de­sign and a year’s on­line mem­ber­ship of Gar­den to Ta­ble (which pro­vides cur­ricu­lum sup­port, child-friendly recipes, kitchen skills in­struc­tion videos and sup­port ma­te­rial for gar­den­ing through to cook­ing.

Land­scaper Dan Mackay said he was ex­cited about shar­ing his love of gar­den­ing and sus­tain­able liv­ing with schools.

“The Young Gar­dener Awards is such an awe­some way to show our school kids that suc­cess doesn’t just lie in the class­room and on the sports field,” he said.

“Any­thing that gets kids ex­cited about ex­plor­ing what they can do in the gar­den is a win by me.

“It’s also great to help kids see that fruit and veges don’t just mag­i­cally ap­pear at the su­per­mar­ket.”

The com­pe­ti­tion will be run in four cat­e­gories — for schools that have been in­volved in Gar­den to Ta­ble for more than two years, those in­volved for two years or less, those not in­volved at all, and five pas­sion­ate (and suc­cess­ful) young gar­den­ers.

Schools and stu­dents are be­ing to urged to dig into the en­try web­site (www.young gar­den­er­ and take photos of their gar­dens be­fore win­ter re­ally sets in and they be­gin to lose their lus­tre.

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