Registrations are now OPEN for 2025 for primary schools in
England Scotland and Wales.
More details to follow for primary schools in Northern Ireland.

Welcome to
Grow Your Own Potatoes

Sign up NOW to receive your FREE potato growing kit in 2025

Be one of the first to register for 2025 (excluding NI at the moment - we need to evaluate the 2024 pilot scheme)Β 


If you are too late or not eligible for a free kit, you can still buy a kit
and sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with the project and key dates.

About Grow Your Own Potatoes

Launched in 2005, Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) was one of the first primary school based growing projects. Since then, it has become the largest of its kind with over 6 million children taking part in learning where potatoes come from, how they grow and the health benefits. The straightforward and hands-on nature of the GYOP project makes it perfect for young pupils.

Schools that register to take part (before the end of January) receive a FREE growing kit containing two varieties of seed potato and easy to follow instructions.

GYOP is open to all primary schools in England, Scotland and Wales. We had a pilot scheme in 2024 that we are hopeful will be extended across Northern Ireland in 2025.Β 

Registration are now OPEN for 2025 for primary schools in England, Scotland and Wales
More details to follow for primary schools in Northern Ireland.

Kits are available to purchase along with grow bags for your project

Keep up to date with GYOP.Β  If you have bought a pack (or even if you don't) you can still follow the project and get regular updates from us.Β 
(Unfortunately, extra kits are not available to NI)

Keep up to date with the GYOP experiments

If you buy our Children's Patio Set, we would highly recommend that you join the GYOP newsletter as it will give timely information about the project and the experiments.Β 

We are delighted to announce that Grow Your Own Potatoes have won a prestigious award.

πŸ† Celebrating Success at the National Potato Awards 2023!

We are thrilled to announce that Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) has been voted the winner in the categories of Best Marketing Work/Best Marketing Campaign at the prestigious National Potato Awards 2023. This tremendous achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team.

What is included in the pack?

Each pack will have 7 seed potatoes.Β  You will plant 6 and use the remaining one for our great experiment.Β 

You will need a container, soil and optional gardening gloves for the children.

Full instructions are included and you will be able to refer to our huge resource bank here. You will also receive timely email updates throughout the project.

Please visit our sponsor page to learn more about the companies who have made GYOP 24 possible.Β Β 

2024 is the 80th anniversary of D-Day and we have gone retro to commemorate this occasion.Β  Potato Pete is here to help your class lean about WWII and potatoes.

Benefits of taking part for your pupils

Taking part in the Grow Your Own Potatoes project offers your pupils a number of invaluable benefits. Here are five compelling reasons why this endeavour is essential for their growth and development:

  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Improved Nutrition
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Greater Appreciation of food
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Development of life skills
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Boost confidence
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Getting outdoors

Key Dates

Growing Potatoes is a spring time activity, and you can eat the potatoes you have grown before schools break up for the summer holidays.Β  Don't worry if your school schedule (or the weather) means these days are slightly out

  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Registration Closes - 31st January 2025
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Getting your Pack and Chitting - Tuesday 25th February for 2 weeks
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Planting Tuesday 11th March 2025
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Growing period Tuesday 11th March - Tuesday 17th June 2025
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Harvest Tuesday 17th June 2025
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Cooking and Eating your Potatoes - as soon as you harvest
  • Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House Entering the Prize draw - as soon as you harvest