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Primary Schools

“As plot holders we are all aware of the many positive aspects of growing our own  produce. With this in mind, Barton upon Humber Allotment Society has for some years worked with nine of our local primary schools, providing the opportunity for the students to experience the joys of growing their own produce and encouraging participation in the children’s section of the Annual Horticultural Show.


As well as the annual School Potato Growing Competition, we were pleased to host a  Gardening Club Blog for Goxhill School (see below) during 2022 and have  enjoyed reading about the children’s gardening activities. We hope their experiences will encourage them and others to take a greater interest in ‘growing their own’ and, perhaps, becoming one of the future generation of plot holders!”

School Potato Growing Competition 2024

The Allotment Society will once again be organising the Schools Potato Competition to encourage local children to have a go at growing potatoes at their school.  

We are very pleased that the Humber Bridge Garden Centre in Barton has agreed to be our sponsor this year and will be supplying the seed potatoes to be grown by the participating school children.  To request further information on the competition, please use the contact page on our website.

School Potato Growing Competition 2023

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The annual potato growing competition was initiated at the end of February when each of the participating schools was given ten seed potatoes, along with basic growing instructions and information on how to take part.  

This year, four local schools entered, with the judging of their crops taking place in July, shortly before the end of the summer term.  Given the difficult growing conditions this year, their efforts were most commendable, and it was interesting to see the differing approaches taken in planting and tending the crops.  

Given the limited growing space available to the schools, they all demonstrated a great deal of initiative in finding the most appropriate method of cultivation applicable to their circumstances.  Raised beds, tubs and stacked tyres were used to good effect.

The enthusiasm of the participants (and their teachers and teaching assistants!) was great to see and there was great excitement as the potatoes were lifted.  Many of the children were amazed at the size and sheer number of potatoes they were able to grow, and it was apparent that the competition had not only been a learning experience for them, but great fun as well.

The competition is divided into three parts, with points being given for:

         the heaviest overall crop

        the heaviest single potato

        the funniest shaped potato

When the results were correlated it was revealed that the competition had been incredibly close, with only one point between first and second, and second and third places.  The winners were the students of Bowmandale Primary School, who proudly retained the CPRE Trophy which they first won last year, along with a £30.00 garden centre gift voucher.

Coming a close second were Winterton Junior School's growers, awarded a £20.00 voucher, with Castledyke Primary School's many participants finishing in third place with a £10.00 voucher.

A special mention must go to the Barton St. Peter's C of E Primary School's team, who ventured out into a July rainstorm to help lift their crop!  They were given a special £10.00 award in recognition of their enthusiasm and tenacity.  This year all those who took part from Bowmandale, St. Peter's and Winterton were given a badge acknowledging their participation.  Due to the sheer number of Castledyke students taking part, each class was awarded a rosette.  Many thanks to all of the pupils and staff who helped to make this year's competition so much fun to judge.

The photograph above shows Poppy, of Bowmandale Primary School, keeping a close eye on their raised bed full of potatoes.  


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Hello, we are Goxhill Primary School gardening club. We meet once a week after  school for an hour in our school garden. We have a team of 2 adults and around 10  children who sign up each year. We have lots of plots to plant up but we only uncover  and dig when we have things to plant. The black covers stop the weeds taking over  until we are ready to use those beds. 

So far this year, we have planted shallots, potatoes (for a competition), tomatoes,  pumpkins, beans, peas, sweetcorn, sprouts, cabbages and sunflowers. 

We rely on the generosity of parents and the community for many plants, which  means there is an element of surprise in what we grow each season! Our season runs  from March to October when we cover the beds for the winter.

We hope to share some thoughts from the children and some photos too in the coming  weeks. 


Goxhill School Gardening Club met for the final time of the school year on Monday. It was an  auspicious occasion as the potatoes were going to be dug up and weighed ready to be entered  into the competition. Despite the record breaking temperatures, we were all keen to get stuck in,  with the promise of a picnic and a run through the sprinkler afterwards! 

We managed a decent haul weighing 6.5kg and a large potato of 190g+ to enter into the  competition. Fingers crossed for the results. 

Then it was time to relax, enjoy some party snacks and get very wet in the sprinkler. Summer  here we come!


The weather has been so dry that the ground is extremely hard and difficult to dig. However, George had a good go at weeding in the rhubarb patch. The rhubarb is looking a little sad but there are some new shoots showing so the children watered them well and we shall nurture them.

We pulled up all of the shallots, which look great. We are leaving them to dry out in the sun, it's a great week for it.

Year 3 has finished their experiment with beans so we have popped them in the ground in the hope that they will give us beans for the school kitchen.

We have found the hose and sprinkler which has made our mammoth watering task much easier and we are watering the potatoes liberally this week ready for the great dig-up next Monday. We are hoping for a prize-winning crop this year!


It was quite a tired group of gardeners that met on Monday 4th July as the majority of them had been on a  school trip to Go Ape. However, they threw themselves into their tasks with their usual gusto. We planted  some more beetroot and some French beans to replace the peas that the pigeons had enjoyed. The  ground was very dry so there was the usual frenzy of watering from very enthusiastic children. 
Frazer has been growing garlic at home with his little sister and has shared a photo and Sophie has  shared a fantastic picture of herself in the garden.


On this beautiful, sunny afternoon, the children had plenty to do in the school garden. Year 1 had  been looking at how beans germinate in transparent plastic cups. They had finished this stage of  their work and so we were given the broad bean seedlings to nurture in the garden. Sophie,  George and Nicholas led a team in clearing a bed and planting the beans in the  ground, supervised by Rachael. They kept finding bonus baby potatoes from previous years'  plantings. They have been given to our school cook to use. 

Joseph led Charlie and Lowan in watering absolutely EVERYTHING, especially the competition  potatoes. 

Maisie and Myer helped Mrs Scott weed around the shallots that are looking very healthy. Frazer  was on hand to help with the beans and chat to everyone, so it was a busy and happy  environment. 

There is still plenty to do. We are expecting runner beans from year 3's science activity in the  next few weeks and the weeds keep on coming!

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