The Three Counties Showground went potato mad when it hosted its second Potato Day (12th March), in alliance with The Potato Council’s nationwide initiative ‘Grow Your Own Potatoes’ .
18 Primary schools, with 200 children from across the region, including those from as far as Stow on the Wold, took part in the educational day at the Showground.
With support from the Potato Council, the aim was to teach pupils how the humble spud fits into a healthy balanced diet, and how to grow and harvest a good crop.
Local farmers, Phillip Houlbrooke of Ockeridge Farm, Colwall and Nigel Allam were on hand to show children how to plant and maintain their crops during the growing months, and offered plenty of top tips for achieving the maximum yield.
Pupils also had the chance to take part in potato printing, sample some yummy potato treats including potato cupcakes and test their skills at pot the potato!
The ‘Grand Potato Weigh In’ will take place at the annual Three Counties Show (15-17 June 2012) with the results going forward to the regional and national finals.
Thousands of primary schools across Britain registered with the Potato Council’s ‘Grow Your Own Potato’ project this year and received free growing kits supplied by the potato industry.
Teachers benefited too from a series of supporting lesson plans and worksheets linked to science, design and technology, health education, literacy and ICT – all courtesy of The Potato Council, and designed to engage pupils in an exciting block of cross-curricular work. To register your school for the project please visit: http://gyop.potato.org.uk
Potato Day is just one of the year round educational activities organised at the Showground in conjunction with schools. A ‘Where does our food come from?’ field day also took place on 14th March for a local school with real life sheep, model milking cows and a day full of curriculum based activities.
Contact Sue Hodgson-Jones (
/01684 584907) for more information on educational fields days at the Showground and the ‘Grand Potato Weigh In’ at the Three Counties Show.
For more information and further images please contact:
Three Counties Agricultural Society