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Friday, 29 October 2010

Grow Your Own Potatoes

Launched in 2005, Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) was one of the first primary school based growing projects. Since then it has become the largest of its kind with almost 1 million children signed up for 2010 learning where potatoes come from, how they grow and that potatoes are a healthy food. Its simplicity and the fact that GYOP is a hands on activity makes it perfect for young pupils.

Schools that register to take part (in Feb) receive a FREE growing kit containing everything they need to grow a successful crop.

Visit the GYOP website for more information.

Click here to visit my website for more about growing potatoes in containers

Alan Roman have a good choice of seed potatoes - their website also includes lots of information about individual varieties and potato growing in general.

Harrod Horticultural also have planters available too click here

Friday, 8 October 2010

Sunflowers and sheds - a production for children

Suitable for children aged 5-8 and their families.
World Premiere

M6 Theatre Company presents

Sunflowers and Sheds

Directed and Scripted by Gilly Baskeyfield & Dot Wood
Devised by M6 Theatre Company
Designed by Joss Mazen
Original music by Tayo Akinbode
Cast: Eve Robertson and Luke Walker

Saturday 6th November at 11am & 1pm, Lyric Hammersmith
Monday 8th November at 1.30pm & 3.30pm, Unicorn Theatre

From M6 Theatre Company, comes Sunflowers & Sheds a tender and heart-warming story of discovery, sure to inspire and delight audiences young and old alike. This enchanting new production is set to tour the UK from 30th Oct – 22 December.
On the allotments down by the railway, Frank’s peaceful routine is turned upside down by the arrival of lively Isabella and her chickens on the neighbouring plot. Through the changing seasons, the seeds of friendship grow side by side with the raspberries, runner beans, memories and dreams.
Underscored with original music, let the colourful world of Sunflowers & Sheds take you on a journey that will capture your heart and imaginations.

Co Director Dorothy Wood said about the production, “I chose to set the story of this unlikely friendship on the fertile ground of an allotment - a place where the patchwork and diversity of people and plants grow side by side.
Sunflowers and Sheds gives children the opportunity to watch this special friendship develop and to discover what lies beneath the surface - of soil and people!
Through a visually delightful set, original music and strong emotional journey, we rediscover - that surprises are more enjoyable and disappointments more bearable, when shared with a friend.”
Sunflowers and Sheds will tour the UK from 30th October until the 22nd December. For further information on the tour visit