Spuds score the top marks
GREEN-FINGERED pupils at Croscombe Primary School have won the top prize for schools in the South West after growing a bumper crop of potatoes.
Youngsters entered the Potato Council's Grow Your Own Potatoes competition and had grown the heaviest crop in the South West.
They were among over one million schoolchildren who took part in the annual competition. They grew 3.1kg of Piccolo Star potatoes from their three seed potatoes, winning a Marmax outdoor bench for their school.
Schools across the UK grow two different potato varieties for the competition – one for the national category and one to compete at the regional level. Branston, one of the UK's largest potato companies, has provided the seed potatoes for the past three years for the 3,000 schools in the South West region from its seed division.
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Ian Wait, general manager of Branston's South West site, said: "Congratulations to the children at Croscombe CE Primary School on their winning crop. Branston has been involved in the UK Potato Council's Grow Your Own Potatoes scheme for many years now and it's been really rewarding to see local children learning about potatoes; how they are grown and how they fit into a healthy diet.
"I hope the children at Croscombe CE Primary School enjoy their brand new Marmax junior rainbow bench and they carry on enjoying potatoes."
Schools that registered for the competition were sent a kit in March containing the two different varieties of seed potatoes, growing bags and full instructions.
Susan Budden, head teacher at Croscombe Primary, said: "We are really pleased to be receiving this colourful addition to our playground. The children are very impressed by it and I'm sure they will make great use of it.
"I must thank Mr Manvill, who is one of our family's grandads, for his work with the children on the school allotment, which is part of our learning outside the classroom curriculum. Thanks to his continuing commitment, the allotment thrives and produces an abundance of organic vegetables for us to sell and to use in cooking sessions with the children."