Yapton and District Cottage Gardeners' Society



We are always very keen to encourage children to join in our activities.  We hope they enjoy and learn from having a go at gardening, cooking or craft activities.  In each of our shows, we have competitions especially for children.  They vary from one show to the next and include challenges like making a miniature garden in a seed tray, baking some butterfly cakes or making a monster out of vegetables.  Classes coming up at the next show (Summer 13.8.22) are:

6 Years old & under

110.     A painted stone                                                                                                                                                                   

111.      A cress egg head                                         

112.     A collage of leaves (max. A3)          

113.    A miniature garden in a standard seed tray

114.    Two decorated digestives, judged on ediable decoration only.                                            

7 to 11 years old                                                                      

115.     Wonky veg grown by the exhibitor  

116.  An arrangement of flowers in an unusual container

117.  A spacecraft from plant material

118.   A miniature garden in a standard seed tray

119.   Four fairy cakes from a cake mix

12 to 16 years old

120.   A poster design to advertise the autumn show

121.   Twelve lines of handwriting (any subject, judged on writing alone)

122.   A painting, max A3

123.   A photograph of an animal

124.   A Victoria sponge

Entry is free and prize money is 50p for first prize, 40p for second prize and 30p for third prize.  To enter, print off this page, circle the classes you wish to enter, and send it with your name and age to Anne or David whose details are on the contact page.  Or you can email your entries to ddonovan2012@hotmail.co.uk

Some of our members support the local primary school in Yapton by helping the children with their Victorian garden. Six years ago a request came to Society from Yapton Primary School for someone who would be interested in taking care of the Victorian garden at the School and working with the students. At the time the garden was quite overgrown and not used by the students.  Volunteers from the Society started to clear the garden.   The students also helped in clearing and getting the beds ready for planting and we managed to get a successful crop of tomatoes, beetroot and runner beans to harvest in our first year. Since then we have significantly widened the variety of vegetables we grow; broad beans, potatoes, green beans, peas, onions, corn and garlic. Our herbs include thyme, sorrel, lavender, chives and angelica and all of this produces a good offering for the children to take home! We have also added a small rock garden, rhubarb patch and gooseberry bushes.

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