Kids’ Green Fingered Summer Fun
10 Aug 2009
Children are set to go vegetable crazy this summer with the launch inearly August of the Potting Party, the latest activity to keep kidsoccupied during the summer holidays.
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Children are set to go vegetable crazy this summer with the launch in early August of the Potting Party, the latest activity to keep kids occupied during the summer holidays.
The parties give children the chance to choose some of the plants they have always wanted to grow from a range of vegetables, fruits and herbs and plant them out in their own decorated pots.
Potting Party packs, supplied by online grow your own firm Urban Allotments http://www.urban-allotments.com, include everything that party-goers need from baby plants, pots, compost and stickers as well as tips on how to keep plants growing after the celebration.
The children, getting involved, can pick from easy to grow lettuce to strawberries and herbs like mint, all of which are available on the Urban Allotments site. Children can also get creative by painting and decorating their pots or having fun with the packs easy to use stickers.
Part of the proceeds of each party order is to be donated to Acorns Children’s Hospice in the West Midlands and its planned to arrange a free potting party for children at the hospice later on in the year.
‚ÄúThe potting parties are really great fun and provide a new twist to the traditional childrens party. Itll give kids the chance to have a go at something new which many of them have always wanted to do,‚Äù said Sarah Kent from West Midlands-based Urban Allotments.
‚ÄúTheyre the ultimate green party and hopefully by enjoying the party children will get interested in growing their own and start thinking about where food comes from.
‚ÄúAt the end the children get a party bag with a difference, containing their plant instead of just the usual sweets. So instead of lasting two minutes it should last the rest of the season,‚Äù said Sarah.
‚ÄúThe children are so proud of their creations and for once cant wait to get home to put their pot in the garden.
‚ÄúThe idea is that children can have their own salad plants, to pick directly from their garden to put on their plate or pick some herbs and spices for their pizza or curry.
‚ÄúHopefully children will see how easy and tasty it is to grow their own, which leads on to helping reduce food waste and cut the environmental impact of buying all our food,‚Äù she said.
Urban Allotments, which has been set up from Minsterley near Shrewsbury, and Sutton Coldfield, encourage and support gardening novices to grow their own food no matter what little growing space they have or how little expertise. The online firm provides a wide selection of baby vegetable, herb and fruit plants along with a huge variety of planting containers for the patio, balcony or roof top terrace.
The launch of the Potting Parties builds upon the success Urban Allotments have already had in encouraging young people to get involved in growing their own. The firm have helped to set up an allotment area for children at Highclare School in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham where the children are growing a range of vegetables, fruit and herbs.
For more details see www.urban-allotments.com
Image: Green-fingered kids discover the joys of gardening with Potting Parties– geting creative by painting and decorating their pots. Trying out the new potting party packs are, left to right: Madeline McGowan (3), Trixie Kent (3), Annabelle McGowan (6)
For further information contact Sarah Kent at Urban Allotments on 07939 228 273 or Noel Rigby on 01743 791991 or 07917 568 548 or Passionate Media, Neil Aitchison or Carol Garrington on 01543 468 621.
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