Primary schools and growers groups in South Holland, Boston and East Lindsey are being invited to take part in a contest to win gardening vouchers totalling £1,200.
And for those who register first there is also the chance to net one of a limited number of free specialist compost bins worth around £180 and one of 200 packs of giant pumpkin seeds.
The Anglian Water ‘Fat of the Land’ Composting Challenge is designed to get people growing things using composted food waste and raise awareness of the possibilities for recycling food waste and cooking oils and fats which can otherwise block drains and be harmful to the environment.
Oils can be collected and recycled at local recycling centres to be converted into biodiesel and small amounts of fat and food waste can be composted – specialist composting bins are now available to make it easier.
Collette Parker, ‘Keep it Clear’ customer engagement manager, said: “Fats, oils and small bones must be kept well away from plugs and drains to avoid costly, unpleasant and inconvenient blockages.
“Composting, when done correctly, is a great way to recycle these items and put them to good use.”
The Anglian Water Keep It Clear campaign has long been raising awareness of ensuring fats, oils and other waste such as wipes are kept out of drains and instead recycled or binned to reduce landfill and keep drains clear.
Now, the Anglian Water Fat of the Land project calls on people to make use of food waste for composting where possible.
Schools and growing groups are being invited to start composting food waste and demonstrate the results.
The Anglian Water Fat of the Land Composting Challenge, in association with Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), calls on schools and allotment associations or growers groups to send in photos of their composting bins and growing endeavours.
There will be prizes for:
• The fattest in the land school pumpkin – primary schools are asked to grow giant pumpkins;
• The fattest in the land growers group pumpkin – growers groups are asked to grow giant pumpkins;
• Best school project – Primary schools are asked to undertake an innovative gardening idea, whether that be using an old boot as a plant pot or making use of a tiny area as a allotment;
• Best allotment association or grower’s group project – local growing groups are asked to undertake an innovative growing project, from community composting schemes, living walls made from recycled materials, wildflower meadows, herb gardens or innovative ways to involve their local residents or businesses.
The prize in each of the four categories will be a £300 gardening voucher. Entries will be judged by an independent panel.
The contest is open to primary schools and gardening associations/growers groups based in the PE11, PE25 and PE21 areas. Any school or organisation wishing to take part must register before Good Friday (March 25). Competition entries must be submitted by September 30. Pumpkins will be judged during the first week of October.
To register email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Anglian Water Fat of the Land Composting Challenge’ in the subject line.
Free composting bins and 200 giant pumpkin seed kits are available and will be awarded on a first come first served basis.
Tips on composting food waste can be found at: www.awdirect.evengreener.com/Pages/How_To_Use_A_Composter.html#jumper