Children are set to go vegetable crazy this summer with the launch 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.
Party-goers 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 pack’s 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 it’s planned to arrange a free potting party for children at the hospice later on in the year.
“The potting parties are really great fun and provide a new twist to the traditional children’s party. It’ll give kids the chance to have a go at something new which many of them have always wanted to do,” said Sarah Kent from West Midlands-based Urban Allotments.
“They’re 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.
“At 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,” said Sarah.
“The children are so proud of their creations and for once can’t wait to get home to put their pot in the garden.
“The 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.
“Hopefully 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,” 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.
As a launch offer the potting parties will cost £7.00 a head, with a minimum order of five, orders can be placed now for delivery up to two months in advance.
For more details see http://www.urban-allotments.com.
Caption: 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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