The Winners of the Packed Lunch Plot Competition 2013
Overall Winner – Emily Lawrence, Birch Primary School, Colchester
“Summer Sunshine Pasta Salad and Lavender Cup Cakes”
Emily’s entry was chosen as overall winner because of its good choice of produce and attractive plot design. Her lunch would be simple to make, a little bit different and easy to pack and take to school. The judges liked the way she had chosen easy to grow plants, which would not only look good, but also serve a purpose such as attracting bees to help pollination or attracting pest-eating insects.
Emily had grown most of the plants before, likes lavender and is a good baker – which is what inspired her ‘lavender cup cakes’ idea. Although she hadn’t actually made her pasta salad before, she thought it might work. Mrs Broad, organiser of the school’s gardening club (Mud Club) was delighted with the prize of £1000 gardening equipment, £50 gift vouchers and two RHS CPD courses. “We are ecstatic and so proud of Emily. We will be able to extend our little growing area and offer activities to more children who are currently on the club’s waiting list”.
Part of her prize was to plant her plot at RHS Hyde Hall and cook and eat her recipe at the ‘Can Cook Will Cook’ project. Find out more
The competition, Emily and her school featured on BBC Countryfile – read more.
Runner-up, Infant Category – Reception Class at Rettendon Primary School
“The Red and Gold Lunch Box”
The Reception class at Rettendon Primary School won Runner-Up in the Infant Category. The judges loved their simple yet effective plot design. The children chose what they loved to grow and eat. Their lunch idea included honey beets, carrot waffles and a strawberry pot.
The school wins £250 of gardening equipment, £25 voucher and a RHS CPD course. Mrs Marsh, the Reception class teacher, was delighted with the prize, “We’re still in shock that we have won such a great prize and the children have really enjoyed talking about what they feel they need to help us grow more vegetables and fruit in our garden”.
Runner-Up Junior Category – Alexandra Gilks, Brentwood Preparatory School
“Crispy Aromatic Duck and Green Salad”
Alexandra, a year 5 pupil, chose to grow something that she could make into her favourite meal. Alex was born in Hong Kong and has lived in several different countries – which has influenced her choice of recipe. She has grown most of the vegetables before, but now has a small garden, so is only able to grow onions. The judges were very impressed with her striking design. Joe Zimmerman, Gardening Club organiser at the school was really pleased with the prize. “Gardening Club activities are only offered to year 5 and 6 pupils, so this season will be Alex’s first experience. The gardening area hasn’t been in existence for very long and the children and Alex are really looking forward to choosing which equipment to buy and finally getting outside!”
Congratulations to all the children for their ideas and effort!