Health for Life School Wheelbarrow Competition

The School/ nursery Wheelbarrow competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live is an exceptionally popular annual feature at the Show. School children, from nursery up to secondary level can show off their creative flair, working as a team, with the satisfaction of seeing their final creations on display at the show, enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors.

This competition is a simple, hands-on and fun gardening activity that can be enjoyed by pupils of all levels. The children will need to nurture and care for their plants, so that they grow and thrive in their container. Please note that due to the nature of this competition (specifically the collection/delivery of barrows) it is open to Health For Life schools in the Birmingham, UK, only. The competition is now closed.

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    Meal in a Barrow

    The theme for this year’s wheelbarrow competition is a ‘meal in a barrow’.

    School/ nursery groups are encouraged to choose a specific meal from another country to theme their wheelbarrow on.

    The plant contents of the wheelbarrow must reflect the main ingredients of this meal. In addition to this, we would like school/ nursery groups to consider the pressing issue of global climate change and incorporate this into their wheelbarrow design. This may mean for example, selecting a meal that has a low carbon footprint due to local produce being used, and/ or, you may wish to incorporate a climate mitigation structure within your design for e.g., construct a model wind turbine or solar panel. We are looking to see how the subject of climate change and strategies to mitigate it are being discussed and embedded within the curriculum.


    School/ nursery groups are encouraged to grow plants from seeds or cuttings where possible. The barrow design can be supported by the creative use of props- which reflect the theme of a meal from a chosen country and the issue of climate change. We love seeing how the theme is interpreted each year so get creative with it! Please remember these props will need to be secured to stand weather at the show and collection.

    Find out what schools are involved below!

    • Ark Tindall Primary
    • Bishop Challoner Catholic College
    • Bordesley Green Primary
    • Grestone Academy
    • Haslucks Green Junior School
    • Holycross Primary
    • Lea Forest Academy
    • New Oscot Primary School
    • Nonsuch Primary School
    • Oasis Academy Shortheath
    • Penns Primary School
    • Sacred Hearts Catholic Primary
    • Shenley Fields Daycare and Nursery School
    • Springfield House Community Special School
    • St Josephs Catholic Primary School
    • The Oaks Primary School
    • The Oval Primary School
    • Thorton Primary
    • Tilecross Primary
    • Victoria School
    • Waverly School
    • Woodgate Primary School
    • Paget Primary School
    • Somerville Primary School
    • Rubery Nursery
    • Barford Primary School
    • Blossomfield Primary School
    • Dickens Heath Primary School
    • Earls Dudley High School
    • Halesbury School
    • Monkspath J&I School
    • Pinfold Street Primary School
    • Rookery School
    • Shirley Heath Primary School
    • Solihull Preparatory school
    • St Margarets Primary School
    • St Mary of the Angels Catholic primary
    • Widney Junior School
    • Balsall Common Primary School
    • Damson Wood Infant School
    • Fordbridge Community Primary School
    • Peterbrook Primary School
    • Reynalds Cross Special School
    • St Albans Primary School

    With special thanks to 

    health for life
    bull barrow
    services for education

    Check out some of our past School Wheelbarrows below!

    Wheelbarrow special edition
    England flag wheelbarrow
    Wheelbarrow past
    Wheelbarrow past 2

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