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Scheme for Schools

'Sowing the seeds for the next generation of gardeners'















In 2012 Poplar Nurseries launched this school based gardening scheme to share our passion for 'Growing Your Own' with the young gardeners of the future.  We invest in local schools giving them free seeds and compost every year, culminating in the Annual Salad Bowl Competition.  

The participating schools are:-

  • St. Peter’s Church of England Primary – Coggeshall
  • St. Andrew’s Primary – Marks Tey
  • St. Mary’s, Comrie House – Colchester
  • Copford Primary – Copford
  • Layer de la Haye Primary – Layer de la Haye
  • Colchester High School – Colchester
  • Colchester County High School for Girls – Colchester
  • Great Tey Primary – Great Tey
  • Lexden Primary School - Colchester                                                                                                
  • Gosbecks Primary School - Colchester                                                                                             
  • All Saint's Primary School - Fordham                                                                                                 
  • Birch C of E Primary School - Birch                                                                                                
  • Elm Hall Primary School - Witham
  • Honywood Communtiy Science School - Coggeshall
  • Baynards Primary School - Tiptree
  • Kings Ford Infant & Nursery School - Colchester
  • Kingswode Hoe School - Colchester
  • North Primary School & Nursery- Colchester
  • Stanway Secondary School - Colchester   
  • Colchester County High School for Girls- Colchester
  • St Leonard's Sunday Junior School
  • Cherry Tree Primary School
  • Thomas Lord Audley
  • Behive Children's Centre
  • Absolute Angels Nursery
  • Absolute Angels Primary School

The above schools have been given the following items:

  • £10 Voucher to spend on any garden products related to growing your own
  • Unwins seeds - spring onions, radish, carrots, lettuce, runner beans
  • Burgon & Ball - durable & sturdy planting bags, 2 x rectangular salad bags and 2 x rectangular herb bags.
  • Westland 100 litre bag of compost


Salad Bowl Competition 2014

This years Salad Bowl Competition took place on 8th July and we are delighted to announce the winners as follows:

1st Place Primary School category: St. Mary's Lower School for Girls, Copford (pictured above).

Highly Commended in the Primary School category: Home Farm Primary School, Colchester.

1st Place Secondary School category: The Stanway School, Stanway.

Highly Commended in the Secondary School category: Colchester County High School for Girls.

The winners were presented with our Rose Bowl trophy which will be displayed at the school for one year until the 2015 Salad Bowl Competiton. 


Thank you to all the schools who took part - we were all very impressed with the quality of your crops and the way they were presented in the salad bowls. 












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