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Pupils plough ahead with potato planting competition

07/05/14

A potato planting competition has taken root in Aberdeen schools.

PotCompetition Now in its second year, the competition organised by Aberdeen City Council's environmental services team involves 16 schools from across the city.

Ben Reid Garden Centre has provided schools with seed potatoes and compost and pupils have been tasked with finding suitable containers to plant their crop.

They can look forward to sowing the seeds of their hard work in August when their efforts will be judged and prizes awarded.

Additional prizes will be on offer for the schools that sourced the most unusual container for planting.

Councillor Neil Cooney, convener of Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee, said: "The tattie planting competition is a great way to encourage children to take an interest in the natural world and I know from last year's event all involved became really engaged in the process from start to finish.

"A number of the schools last year used their tatties in the school kitchen, which is exactly what we want to see – children learning about food from the field to the fork.

"I look forward to August when the children will be able to see the results of their hard work and hopefully get a taste for similar projects."

The prizes of garden centre vouchers are being sponsored by Parkhill Garden Centre, Dyce.

Ben Reid Garden centre donated the seeds and compost.