About GYOP

About the project

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 2 million children taking part in learning where potatoes come from, how they grow and that potatoes are a healthy food. Its simplicity and the fact that GYOP is a hands on activity makes it perfect for young pupils.

Schools that register to take part (in Feb) receive a FREE growing kit containing everything they need to grow a successful crop.


Competition 1: Heaviest weight of Rocket Potatoes
Prize 1: Junior Octobrunch Picnic Bench


Competition 2: Heaviest weight of regional variety
Prize 2: 10 x £100.00 of National Gardening vouchers

Competition 3 & 4 The Sun. 
Prize 3: Gardening vouchers

Once again for 2019, The Sun newspaper is offering additional prizes of gardening vouchers for the single heaviest and the greatest number of potatoes from one bag.










Free Pack

Your kit this year will include:

  • Instruction leaflet
  • 2 x nets of seed potatoes (national & regional)
  • 2 x HADO grow bags
  • Chitting tray - you will find this built into the lid of your box

Using your chitting tray: Simply pull open the tray and remove the contents. Fold the tray back into place and support it with the small tab at the back of the box. Pop out the seven round disks in your tray and rest your seed potatoes on top making sure the chits are facing up. Remove the outer lid along the perforation.

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Seed suppliers

Each year all of the seed potatoes grown as part of the GYOP project is supplied free of charge by the potato industry and for this we are very grateful. Each school that signs up to take part in GYOP receives two varieties; Every school receives Rocket variety for the national competition and then a second variety depending on where they are regionally.

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Not a primary school?

Due to changes in the Grow Your Own Potatoes project , we are unable to supply kits to bodies not teaching to the KS1 & 2 curriculum, including home educators, childminders, brownies, scout packs and other similar organisations.

With your help the children in your care could still learn all about potatoes by following the key dates and information

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