The pupils originally visited Squire’s back in March, when the contest was launched by celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock,
She showed local schoolchildren at Squire’s garden centre in Woking how to plant potatoes in a pot and look after them. The kids then took their pots of potatoes home, and brought them back recently to get their potatoes weighed and see who from their school had grown the heaviest potatoes. They were also trying to grow more than gardening expert Charlie Dimmock, whose potatoes weighed in at 927g. Squire’s café bar then turned all the children’s potatotes into chips, which they loved tucking into.
Winners included Lailas from Horsell Junior School whose potatoes weighed 578g, Pearl Starkey and Matilda Brown from Badshot Lea Infant School who both grew 850g of potatoes, and Oliver Thornett from North Downs Primary School, who grew a whopping 1.2kg of potatoes. The winning child from each participating school received a certificate and a special prize from Squire’s.
The participating schools were Badshot Lea Infant School (who visited Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea), St. Paul’s Primary School (Chertsey), 1st Fetcham Beavers (Cobham), Gossops Green Primary School (Crawley), Burhill Primary School (Hersham), Thames Ditton Infant School (Long Ditton), Milford Infant School (Milford), North Downs Primary School (Reigate), Little Bo-Peep Nursery (Stanmore), Stanley Primary School (Twickenham), St. Mary’s Primary School (Washington), Cranmore School (West Horsley), Homer First School (Windsor) and Horsell Junior School (Woking).
With over 80 years of horticultural experience, Squire’s Garden Centres is a family-owned business that operates 15 garden centres across Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Middlesex, North and West London, offering plants, garden products, garden furniture, houseplants and gifts.
Squire’s deputy chairman Sarah Squire with Charlie Dimmock