Two local schools scooped prizes in a competition aimed at growing awareness of the problems caused by food waste, fats, oils and grease blocking sewer pipes.
West Pinchbeck St Bartholomew’s Primary School won the best growing project in Anglian Water and Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service’s Fat of the Land competition, and Spalding St Johns Primary School received the prize for the biggest school pumpkin.
Both schools were awarded £300 of gardening vouchers in a competition where the quality of entries was extremely high.
The aim of the Fat of the Land project was to grow awareness of the problems caused by us blocking sewer pipes, which could lead to flooding and potential pollution.
Each of the 12 groups that took part received a HOTBIN composting bin for their growing projects and a total of 600 giant pumpkin seeds.
St Bartholomew’s not only kept a journal of its growing project but made two films. The challenge has led to changes in the daily routine of the school. Scraps were collected after lunch to put in the HOTBIN, left over food found its way there and compost from it was used to support the growth of the school’s new cherry blossom tree, passion flowers in its reflective garden and for spinach and sweet peas grown in containers.
The school’s competition entry said: “We had an amazing harvest of tomatoes, which meant we could make lots of tomato chutney for our Christmas fete.”
The judges were impressed by the efforts the school made to record its efforts, demonstrating the extent to which it engaged with the Fat of the Land campaign.
St John’s grew a 39 inch (one metre) pumpkin. Teacher Katy Llewellyn said: “We had a crop of at least 15 in our pumpkin patch – the children were so proud.”
Collette Parker, community engagement manager for Anglian Water, said: “We were overwhelmed by the extent to which the groups taking part took up the challenge. Their efforts to recycle food waste, including fats, oils and grease using the HOTBIN, were inspiring.”
David Fannin, Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service chief executive, said: “We are proud to support Anglian Water to spread the Keep It Clear message. Fat of the Land was a great project with wide-ranging benefits to the communities we work with. We were delighted it was so well received.”
Anyone interested in getting involved in future Fat of the Land initiatives can email: firstname.lastname@example.org