Inter-school competition gives students a chance to put their potato-growing skills to the test

Ex-serviceman Calum MacDonald presenting the potato growing trophy to a Northgate High School studen

Ex-serviceman Calum MacDonald presenting the potato growing trophy to a Northgate High School student. Picture: SOLANA SEEDS UK - Credit: Archant

Students at seven north Norfolk schools had a chance to find out where the potatoes that make their mash, chips and roasties come from, as part of a project run by Solana Seeds UK with the help of forces charity Walking with the Wounded.

Solana Seeds UK staff and north Norfolk high school students celebrate the culmination of a six-mont

Solana Seeds UK staff and north Norfolk high school students celebrate the culmination of a six-month potato growing project at an awards ceremony held at Stody Hall Barns: SOLANA SEEDS UK - Credit: Archant

The scheme, which ran over six months, saw students given basic guidelines for growing two of Solana's potato varieties.

At an awards ceremony held at the company's headquarters at Stody Hall Barns, near Holt, Northgate High School, from Dereham, whose project was managed by ex-serviceman Calum MacDonald, took the top trophy for best quality and biggest yield.

Solana UK managing director Craig Stephen, who is planning to make the scheme an annual event, said that schools taking part had also run events to raise awareness and cash for Walking with the Wounded.

He added: 'The aim for next year will be to try and increase the scope of the competition, widen the age range and invite schools to compete from nearby Norwich'.


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