Stewart Garden Schools Campaign with Pippa Greenwood Schools receive kits nationwide

Participants in the Stewart Garden Schools Campaign with Pippa Greenwood 2014 will soon be receiving their campaign kits, comprising a wide range of gardening products.

Stewart Garden, the gardening division of UK manufacturer Stewart, has again teamed up with gardening broadcaster and columnist, Pippa Greenwood, and leading industry partners to encourage pupils to get involved in ‘grow your own’.  

Stewart Garden developed the Stewart Garden Schools campaign in 2012, with the aim to get children across the UK growing their own fruit and vegetables.

The Stewart Garden Schools campaign is also supported by Worldwide electronics and manufacturing company, Brother, who are supplying there innovative and sophisticated GL200 garden label printer, while the professional grower's specialist, J Arthur Bowers, will be providing further support in the form of supplying their quality compost.

Each school taking part in the Stewart Garden Schools campaign with Pippa Greenwood will receive a kit including:

  •                      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

The kits, which are being donated to 100 schools nationally, from the Isle of Wight to Scotland, also include seeds and compost provided by participating garden centres. Pupils will receive a booklet produced by Stewart Garden and three varieties of easy grow vegetables seeds provided by Pippa Greenwood.

To win, Stewart Garden is asking participating schools to be imaginative and submit inspiring ways on how they are maximising their kit. Entries can be submitted through photographs, videos, scrapbooks or slideshows. The judges encourage the entries to be as creative as possible. The top 10 schools will receive a visit from the judges and their feedback will be collated and a winner will be announced in September.

The winning school will receive £1,100 to be spent at their local garden centre. Nine runners up will each receive £500, with £100 of each prize being donated by J Arthur Bowers. 

Pippa Greenwood is one of Britain’s most popular gardening columnists, a highly respected author and the presenter of several television and radio programmes. Pippa’s regular writing commitments include 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 the UK market leader in the manufacture and supply of technical plastic moulded products for the gardening, home and professional catering sectors. The company offers an extensive portfolio of products ranging from garden planters and propagators, to food containers and specialist storage products. Three specialist divisions also work across the aerospace, automotive and medical industries.

The company employs 70 permanent staff and 30 seasonal workers at a purpose-built 178,000 sq ft facility in Banbury, Oxon, which opened in September 2012. The factory and distribution centre includes state of the art machinery giving Stewart a world class advantage over its UK competitors.

It enjoyed a turnover of £13 million in 2010.  

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 sector.

Originally established in 1945 the company 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 Garden produces grow your own products, watering, pots, propagators and garden accessories and sundries. These are available in over 1600 outlets across the UK and Eire including major DIY outlets such as Homebase and Wilkinsons 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. It’s 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 comprise of 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.

Other Stewart divisions are:

Stewart Aerospace

Stewart Automotive

Stewart Medical

Each division of Stewart is BS ISO 9001-2000 and TS16949 accredited and operates from the company’s manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centre in Banbury, Oxon.

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