Once again, the children had worked hard on the design (choosing the theme of the Tour de France), sowing and planting the box and also writing up a diary of their work and ideas for the Veg Box Competition and we had been selected with 14 other schools as a finalist from the 200 schools who had entered the competition.
The children went to the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday, 9th July and, as part of the judging, had to be questioned about their horticultural skills by a famous garden writer, Martin Fish. The children answered questions very proficiently and obviously knew their stuff. The judges were very interested in the experiments which the children had undertaken to see how best we could keep slugs and snails off the veg plants.
After the judging the children were free to spend the rest of the day enjoying the show. They watched some show jumping and a cattle show, enjoyed some cheese tasting and spent hours in the craft marquee making everything from bread to chocolate lollipops, lavender bags, corn dollies and recycled bracelets from old crisp packets! Later on the children enjoyed sumo wrestling and an army problem solving course.
The sun shone all day and the children had a great time. Sadly, we didn't win the Veg Box Competition this year, but we were highly commended for our entry and won "best decorated box" so we didn't do too badly!