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RE: GROW YOUR OWN CURRY
Welcome to the this years British Curry Club’s campaign to
encourage the public to “grow your own curry” ingredients!

This is the second year we invite primary schools to get involved in our “Grow Your Own Curry” campaign, along with help from our campaign partners, Chaat! Magazine, Sutton Seeds, East End Spices and Sweet Cherry Publishers. We also have celebrity chefs providing recipes for both schools and parents to cook up!

There can be nothing better than encouraging young people to enjoy gardening, and being able to use these fresh ingredients to cook their very own curry, either in school or at home! Global foods topic is encouraged by the primary schools educational curriculum.

Your school may already have a gardening patch or have some spare pots ready to grow your seeds in!

For your school to get involved it is very simple, all you have to do is:
b Use as many of the Sutton Seeds we have included with this letter
b Put the poster up in your school to spread the message of the campaign
b If your school has a Website, Facebook or Twitter post #Growyourowncurry
Plus if you would like to get involved in our nationwide competition with the chance of being one of three schools to win £200 and for one pupil to win £25 worth of of reading books provided by Sweet Cherry Publishing then register your involvement by returning the slip or email to [email protected] by the 30 June 2017, then by the 15 July send us letters/drawings from your pupils telling us about your schools vegetable path and how much they have enjoyed taking part in the schools gardening club.

Terms and conditions

  • Completed competition entry form must be returned by post or email
  • ([email protected]) by the 30 JUNE 2017.
  • All competition entrant schools must publically display #Growyourowncurry either on the schools website, Facebook or Twitter
  • School can use Sutton Seeds or other seeds the school may already be using for the schools gardening club/activities.
  • All schools sending in letters must make sure there is a clear covering letter stating the schools contact details and each letter is marked on the back with pupils name and class for traceability and letters to arrive by 15 July 2017, to the competition address below.
  • 3 winning schools will be chosen by the merit of pupil’s letters emphasizing the enjoyment of their schools gardening club; to receive £200 worth of books from Sweet Cherry Publishing.
  • No cash alternative will be offered in exchange for books. No alternative prize will be offered.
  • Books will be delivered to the UK school address on the entrant form, date of delivery to be confirmed.
  • One winning pupils from each winning school will be awarded a voucher for £25 where Sweet Cherry Publishing will deliver to the pupil via the school  contact details, and gardening club organiser, books to the value of £25 from the publishers range for the age group.
  • The decision of the British Curry Club and the campaign partners are final.
  • Competition in partnership with all campaign partners.
  • Entrants must be primary schools from the UK.
  • Entrant forms and posters can be requested by contacting [email protected]
  • All schools sending in letters from pupils must be primary age pupil and be UK residents.
  • For details of the prize winner, please contact the competition owner [[email protected] or British Curry Club 6 Bute Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 5AN]

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Dear Gardening Club,

RE: Grow Your Own Curry

Over the last couple of years British Curry Club has enjoyed a summer campaign to encourage the public to “grow your own curry”, ingredients!

This year we would like primary schools to get involved in our, “Grow Your Own Curry” campaign, along with help from our campaign partners,  Chaat! Magazine, Sutton Seeds, East End Spices and  Sweet Cherry Publishers,

There can be nothing better than encouraging young people to enjoy gardening, and then using the fresh ingredients to be cook their very own curry either in school or at home! Global foods topic is encouraged by the primary schools educational curriculum.

Your school may already have a gardening patch or have some spare pots ready to grow your seeds in!

For your school to get involved it is very simple, all you have to do is:

  • Use as many of the Sutton Seeds we have included with this letter (if you have already recieved a pack or simply use your own seeds)
  • Put the poster up in your school to spread the message of the campaign
  • If your school as a Website, Facebook or Twitter post #Growyourowncurry

Plus if you would like to get involved in our nationwide competition with the chance of being one of three schools to win £200 and for one pupil to win £25.00 worth of of reading books provided by Sweet Cherry Publishing then register your involvement by returning the slip or email to [email protected] by the 31 May 2016, then by the 1  July send us letters from your pupils telling us about your schools vegetable path and how much they have enjoyed taking part in the schools gardening club.

Best wishes,

Rosena Alim British Curry Club Team

Terms and conditions

  • Completed competition entry form must be returned by post or email Gardening_Letter_NEW SECOND EXTENTED LETTER 2 GYOC([email protected]) by the 31 May 2016.
  • All competition entrant schools must publically display #Growyourowncurry either on the schools website, Facebook or Twitter
  • School can use Sutton Seeds or other seeds the school may already be using for the schools gardening club/activities.
  • All schools sending in letters must make sure there is a clear covering letter stating the schools contact details and each letter is marked on the back with pupils name and class for traceability and letters to arrive by 1 July 2016, to the competition address below.
  • 3 winning schools will be chosen by the merit of pupil’s letters emphasizing the enjoyment of their schools gardening club; to receive £200 worth of books from Sweet Cherry Publishing.
  • No cash alternative will be offered in exchange for books. No alternative prize will be offered.
  • Books will be delivered to the UK school address on the entrant form, date of delivery to be confirmed.
  • One winning pupils from each winning school will be awarded a voucher for £25 where Sweet Cherry Publishing will deliver to the pupil via the school  contact details, and gardening club organiser, books to the value of £25 from the publishers range for the age group.
  • The decision of the British Curry Club and the campaign partners are final.
  • Competition in partnership with all campaign partners.
  • Entrants must be primary schools from the UK.
  • Entrant forms and posters can be requested by contacting [email protected]
  • All schools sending in letters from pupils must be primary age pupil and be UK residents.
  • For details of the prize winner, please contact the competition owner [[email protected] or British Curry Club 6 Bute Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 5AN]

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THE EXOTIC LANDSCAPE of foreign climates is closer than you think. We have chosen three days out across the UK that will give you a flavour of some of the vibrant plants found abroad. As a part of our ‘Grow Your Own Curry’ campaign, they will provide you with plenty of ideas of how to cultivate some tasty produce at home and get you thinking about the next growing season!

To win a great day out at one of three British Botanic Gardens do one of the following!

EMAIL: Send your details to competition @britishcurryclub.co.uk with “BOTANIC” in the subject line AND LET US KNOW WHICH BOTANIC GARDEN YOU WOULD LIKE TICKETS FOR – KEW  – EDINBURGH OR WALES
FACEBOOK:POST “BOTANIC” ON OUR WALL, ‘Like’ our page and share our competition post
TWITTER: Re-tweet our competition post and follow us
CLOSING DATE:  4 SEPTEMBER 2015

ANY OF THE THREE WAYS CAN WIN!

Joe Archer Pomegranet

IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN
Kew is a widely popular garden set over 300
acres of luscious Richmond soil. It has built
up a collection of over 30,000 species of plants
from English Roses to exotic Venus Fly Traps.
The UNESCO world heritage site is a great
attraction close to the capital city for London
tourists hoping to escape the concrete jungle.
The scale and variety of the gardens at Kew
makes it unrivalled for a horticultural day trip.
The perfect plants and beautiful buildings are a lovely backdrop for a Great Day Out this summer. Kew appeals particularly to our love of food and spices with its spice festival this year running from May to September. Spice lovers can learn about the history of the trade which brought so much flavour to our plates from foreign shores. Artefacts from the East India trading company, rickshaw inspired tours
of the gardens and street food vans will all add an exotic element to your day.
HIGHLIGHT: Raymond Blanc’s kitchen garden, Kew On A Plate.

IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
The Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh have a surprising array of exotic plants, which is less Expected among the cold and rugged highlands. Just a mile from the city centre, the gardens are in a perfect accessible location. Set over 70 acres of gardens, plants from exotic climes with an international
heritage spice up the Scottish landscape. The rainforest has been recreated in Scotland with the wet tropics growing some of our favourite cardamom flowers and turmeric roots. The food stall in the Victorian glasshouse  shows how many of our foods come from  these hot and steamy climates. Bananas, rice, sugar and cocoa all grow in the replicated rainforest climate of the glasshouse. Plants
here are larger than life, the giant Victorian water lilies are far larger than dinner plates and can reach up to 2 metres in diameter. The edible gardening project is not to be missed, the team give great advice in their special drop-in sessions, and the productive garden is the perfect visual example of all their hints and tips. Learn about sowing seeds, pruning, harvesting, storing and preparing your own produce for truly home-made dishes, with tips for growing those spices we love from hotter origins from the adverse weather perspective of Scottish gardeners!
HIGHLIGHT: The different species of rice plants growing around the extraordinary giant lily-pad pond.
IN THE FIELDS OF WALES
You are guaranteed to see a whole lot more than daffodils in the National Botanic  Gardens of Wales. It hosts 8,000 different species of plants and a rich collection of art, sculptures and architecture across 560 acres of Carmarthenshire. The gardens branch  out into exotic collections from the South African
Western Cape to California and Chile. The Botanic Gardens help to preserve some of the rarest and most exotic plants in the world.

As the seasonal fruit and vegetables ripen in the late summer months, the bee garden quietens. The garden designed to house hundreds of bees, allow visitors to get a closer look at a working bee hive where their sweet honey is made. Popular plants for bees, aromatic herbs such as marjoram, basil,
sage and mint are all planted in the garden. The honey they produce comes from these aromatic and pollen rich plants.
HIGHLIGHT: The doubled walled garden growing a variety of fruit and vegetables.

WRITTEN BY HELEN WHITE

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So then, curries. Do they play a significant role in your life?

 “Of course! My dad used to be at sea and a lot of the crew were Bangladeshi. He’d come home with big bags of spices which he’d keep under the stairs. He’d grind them all up when he was making a curry for friends. I really wanted to stay up but my parents said I couldn’t stay up until I could eat curry. I forced myself to eat it even though they were far too hot! Now I absolutely love them.”

So your dad got taught by the masters!

“Very much so! He’s had a lot of work done on the house now but up until recently you’d still get that waft of curry whenever you opened the cupboard under the stairs!”

What’s your favourite then?

“I do love a spicy one, but there’s this one dish our local restaurant does where the lamb is marinated for 24 hours and it’s gorgeous! Curry is such a huge area; I love green Thai curries, I love dansaks, I enjoy the occasional korma and I love all my side dishes. That’s what dad taught me from a very early age. We’d have chick peas with spinach and Bombay potatoes and of course yoghurt, which is essential with any curry!”

Let’s talk gardening now. Got any advice for green fingered debutants?

“What tends to happen this time of year is people go crazy, buy all different type of seeds and it all starts growing at once. Think about what you want to grow. If you’re going for herbs then some spring onions, maybe some basil and coriander. Mint does really well, too. Keep re-sowing things; don’t sow the whole packet, keep planting another line every three weeks or so. You’ll have young fresh produce coming up regularly then.”

I have a problem with slugs. Especially with my coriander…

“They are a pain! If the soil hasn’t been touched for a long time then you’ll have more problems with them. People say gravel works but it really doesn’t. You can try putting your coriander in a container or pot and put a ring of this copper tape you can get. It actually looks quite pretty and it gives the slugs a shock.”

A high security coriander island!

“Yes! It really works too.”

Brilliant. Now then, we read somewhere you were going to be called Daffodil. Is this true?

“It was one of the names, yes! It was either going to Daffodil or Dandelion. I can assure you I wouldn’t have been a gardener if I did get one of those names. Daffodil Dimmock? I don’t think so!”

An actress, maybe? Did you enjoy doing Calendar Girls last year?

“I did! I was terrified. Not the stripping off part, but it was the first stage stuff I’d ever done and I was way out of my comfort zone. I turned up to rehearsals and I was the only non actor. Only proper actors do theatre so I did feel out of my depth but they were all so lovely! I made some great friends during that. Then later in the year I did my first pantomime which was a total ball.”

Do you prefer the stage to the camera?

“There’s an immediate reaction when it’s on stage. I can see why people get hooked on that type of acting but I found the lifestyle was a bit at odds with what I usually do. With gardening you get up nice and early and by the  evening it’s all over. With theatre you don’t finish until a lot later and you get up later in the day. I couldn’t switch my body clock, once a gardener…”

Always a gardener. Home growing has become really popular recently. Do lifelong gardeners get cynical about people taking it up as a fad and leaving their gardens to rot after a year or two?

“I only worry that people go in like a bull in a china shop and don’t pace themselves. A lot of people are off work after every spring and Easter bank holiday due to putting their backs out and what have you. You’re best to  remember that it’s not really about saving money when you’re gardening; unless you have a lot of time to invest then you won’t be self sufficient. What you can do is grow varieties that you don’t often see the supermarket. And of course, tomatoes picked fresh from the garden are so much tastier!”

Charlie is now the face of Gardening Direct.
Visit www.gardeningdirect.co.uk for more of her advice and tutorials.

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