Stewart Garden Schools Campaign with Pippa Greenwood Schools receive kits nationwide

95 schools across the country, who are participating in the Stewart Garden Schools Campaign with Pippa Greenwood 2013, will soon receive their extensive kit, comprising of Stewart Garden products which will encourage pupils to get involved in the creative gardening initiative.

The Stewart Garden Schools Campaign is being run in association with Pippa Greenwood to inspire young children to embrace ‘Grow Your Own’.

Worldwide electronics and manufacturing company, Brother, is showing their support by generously donating towards the campaign by supplying the schools with GL100 Garden Label printers.

Each Stewart Garden School will receive a kit comprising of:

  • X10 Scoops
  • X 5 Potting Tray & Shelves
  • X2 22cm Premium Seed Trays
  • X10 22cm Kitchen Garden Propagator Sets
  • X50 Plant Pots
  • X5 70cm Corinthian Troughs
  • X1 pack of eight, 5 Litre Watering cans
  •  X1 68cm Electric Kitchen Garden propagators

This comprehensive kit is being donated to schools nationally from Isles of White to Scotland. The kits also include seeds and compost provided by participating garden centres. Pupils will also receive a booklet produced by Stewart Garden and three varieties of easy grow vegetables seeds provided by Pippa Greenwood.

Over the coming months, Stewart Garden and Pippa Greenwood will judge the progress of the participating schools and draw up a shortlist of five, from which the winner will be chosen. The winning school will receive £2,000 to be spent at their Stewart Garden Schools garden centre. The second and third placed schools will receive £1,500 and £750 respectively, also for purchases at their nominating garden centre.

As well as Pippa Greenwood, gardening correspondent Val Bourne will be joining Richard Butler, CEO, Stewart, on the judging panel.

Calendar of activity for this campaign:

May 2013                          Schools are encouraged to visit for updates and to upload their photos to Facebook over the next couple of months to demonstrate their progress

June 2013                         Judging takes place at Stewart HQ, Banbury, where the top five schools are chosen.

Schools and Garden Centres are notified of judge’s visits to schools

July 2013                          Winner and runners’ up are announced and cheques presented to schools

Commenting on the widespread enthusiasm for the campaign, Richard Butler, CEO at Stewart Garden said, “We’re delighted that Stewart Garden Schools has proved so popular. Clearly, grow your own has captured the imagination of young minds across the country. Our participating schools are spread all across the UK – from the Isle of Wight to Newcastle. Many of these schools already have established gardens, while others are taking their first steps into grow your own. We will be on hand to give them the help and advice they need.”

Stewart Garden and Pippa Greenwood work together to help people of all gardening abilities improve their understanding of growing fruit and vegetables at home and at school.

Pippa Greenwood is one of Britain’s most popular gardening broadcasters, columnists and authors as well as presenting a number of television and radio programmes.

Pippa has several regular writing commitments including BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and a monthly page in NFU Countryside Magazine. For eighteen years Pippa was the gardening columnist for The Mirror newspaper. 

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Stewart - backgrounder

Stewart is a UK manufacturer and market leader in rotational and injection moulded products. The business operates in the aerospace, automotive, medical, technical moulding, garden, homewares and catering sectors. Products manufactured by Stewart include pots, propagators, food containers and specialist storage products.

Two specialist divisions, Stewart Technical and Stewart Packaging, provide bespoke technical moulding and packaging expertise and services to the aerospace, automotive, medical and other manufacturing industries.

Stewart employs 100 people at its purpose-built 178,000 sq ft facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The Fully Automated factory is home to micro controlled machines, including several Engle 300 machines and an Engle 700 machine, giving us enviable large machine capacity and fast manufacturing cycles. Stewart operates 24 Hours, five days a week. The factory has an extensive warehouse and can offer sub-assembly and printing. We also have strong links with offshore tool making facilities, enabling you to benefit from a world class manufacturing service and significant time and cost savings.

Stewart is headed by CEO Richard Butler who built his career in the technical plastics and rubber sector and has worked for leading manufacturers in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Originally established in 1945, Stewart was the subject of a BIMBO (buy-in/ management buyout) in June 2011. ECI, the mid-market private equity specialist, invested £12 million in the company in a deal that valued the business at £17 million.

Stewart Technical provides bespoke rotational and injection moulding solutions to clients including aerospace businesses, first and second tier automotive suppliers, the medical sector and other major manufacturers. Available at the factory are 18 machines (120T – 800T), full CAD facilities and extensive warehousing.

Stewart Packaging offers manufactures of all types of products a bespoke packaging solution, which includes food grade packaging. As well as an extensive fleet of machines Stewart Packaging’s fully automated facility offers sub-assembly, custom design, promotional printing and extensive warehousing. Clients of Stewart Packaging include Kellogg’s, The Body Shop and Lush.

Stewart Garden is responsible for grow your own products, watering, pots, propagators and garden accessories and sundries. These are available in over 1,600 outlets across the UK and Eire including major DIY outlets such as Homebase and Wilkinson and garden centres across the UK such as Dobbies and Klondyke/Strikes, The Garden Centre Group and some 600 plus independent garden centres.

Stewart Garden plays an active role in the gardening and leisure industry through its membership of:

  • GIMA – the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association
  • Gardenex – the Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers Limited
  • HTA – the Horticultural Trades Association

Stewart won the House Beautiful Best Product Garden Category in 2005 and the Klondyke Dry Goods Supplier Award in 2010. The company was a GIMA Awards - POS Finalist in 2009, and Best of British Finalist in 2011. Its Heat and Grow Thermostatic Propagator was top in the Which? Gardening Best Buy test on windowsill propagators 2011.

Stewart Home provides food storage and homewares products. These include the Refine, Essentials and Seal Fresh food and drink storage collections, offering hygienic storage in a wide range of colours and shapes.

Stewart Catering supplies the Gastronorm and Seal Fresh food storage ranges to the catering industry and specialist cook shops via wholesale and cash and carry outlets.

Stewart is BS ISO 9001-2000 and TS 16949 (stage one) accredited, with stage two accreditation expected to be achieved in 2013.

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