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Meal in a Barrow – Midlands School competition

Press Release - May 2017

Press Release - May 2017

In the year that BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World celebrates fifty glorious years, BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be hosting fifty local schools in the hugely popular Meal in a Barrow competition, brought to you by Health for Life and The Conservation Volunteers!

The fifty schools which span the East and West Midlands have been tasked to plant up barrows, kindly supplied by Bull Barrow with compost supplied by Pro-Grow, with all the plants to create a deliciously fresh and tasty summer recipe. See if your local school is taking part at bbcgardenersworldlive.com. The competition is a great way for teachers to get their school groups involved in gardening, inspiring them with how easy and fulfilling it can be to grow their own ingredients. But the fun doesn’t stop there as the kids’ imaginations run wild with props and creative flair making the barrows a joy to behold.

In the year that BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World turns 50, organisers are thrilled to welcome Our Lady Fatima Catholic Primary School in the competition who also celebrate their Golden Jubilee this year.

Nuala Levack, class teacher in charge of Health for Life throughout Our Lady Fatima Catholic Primary School in Harborne said “We’ve been really pleased to take part in the Meal in a Barrow competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this year. Getting the school children hands on in the garden is an unbeatable experience – it helps them understand the natural world and issues such as sustainability. We’ve been growing all the plants for our barrow from seed, and the children are really enjoying the whole process from start to finish. In the year that our school is also celebrating its Golden Jubilee, it feels like the perfect year for us to be involved at BBC Gardeners’ World Live and we can’t wait to take the kids along to the Show to see our Meal in a Barrow in situ with the other 49!”

From gazpacho to pizza – what recipes will the children have planted up this year? There’s only one way to find out. Book your tickets (tickets for under 18s are free at the weekend) to come along to the show to find out where the kids imaginations have taken them and cast a vote for your favourite.

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