Competition Rules

In order to take part in the competition schools must adhere to the rules. Any school found not to have done so will be disqualified.


ONLY schools teaching to the KS1 & KS2 or 1st & 2nd level in Scotland curriculum (this includes SEN schools)  in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to take part.


The Rocket and Regional seed potatoes provided MUST be used.

Please note - there are four Rocket seed potatoes supplied in your kit. ONLY three to plant in the HADO bag supplied for the competition, and one to be used in the Beneath the soil project.


The seed potatoes MUST be grown in the black Hado grow bags provided – all three Rocket seed potatoes in one bag and all three Regional seed potatoes in the other.

IMPORTANT please make sure you label each bag clearly when planting to identify the variety growing.


Soil or compost can be used as the growth medium: there are no restrictions on adding extra nutrients to the soil.


Schools must accurately weigh their crops separately to the nearest gramme. The weight must be submitted in grammes e.g. 1736g. The crop must be washed and dried, ensuring all soil/compost is removed.

The challenge begins on Tuesday 6th March 2018; schools must not start growing their potatoes before this date. Grow bags must be harvested no later than Tuesday 12th June 2018.

Chitting your seed potatoes, starts from Tuesday 20 February 2018 for two weeks


Schools must submit their weight of potatoes per variety by Friday 22 June 2018 to AHDB Potatoes using the competition entry form. Only entries sent in via the website entry form will be accepted. 

IMPORTANT Please note that you will be required to supply photographic evidence of your entered weights.


The winners will be the schools that grow the heaviest crop of potatoes in accordance with the rules. Mixed entries (Rocket and Regional variety) will not qualify. 

All entries will be verified and winners appointed once weights are confirmed.


Prizes will be allocated for the following:

One national prize - for the heaviest weight of Rocket variety using the three seed potatoes supplied.

Regionally - East Scotland, West Scotland, North North East, South North East, North West, Wales, North Central, South Central, South East & South West - one prize per region for the heaviest weight of regional variety from the three seed potatoes supplied 

NOTE: Only one prize per school 


Winners will be notified either in writing or by phone within 28 days after the closing date of Friday 22 June 2018


Winning entrants agree to take part in AHDB Potatoes publicity. Winner’s details will be posted on the educational website within one month of the competition closing date.


AHDB Potatoes' decision shall be final. It also reserves the right to disqualify any affiliate or nominee whose conduct is contrary to the rules or the intention of the competition and it will declare as void any or all claims based on such conduct. AHDB has the right to add or to waive any rules on reasonable notice; or to cancel the competition at any stage in the event of circumstances beyond AHDB's reasonable control. Should photographic evidence be required, AHDB reserves the right to challenge all entries of the competition. No correspondence will be entered into.

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