Brief History of GYOP and recent activity

GYOP was created and delivered by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) for many years. In recent years it has delivered Grow Your Own packs of seed potatoes, grow bags and instructions to 15,000 classrooms each year, giving school children an insight into where their potatoes come from. Further learning resources linked fresh potatoes to the various ways that we eat potatoes and potato products in the UK.

GYOP was funded by a UK industry-wide levy.Β  However members voted to come out of this and in 2021 funding for AHDB GYOP ended and the programme was due to be wound up. Skea Organics and Potato House have been enthusiastic supporters of GYOP for a number of years, having donated seed potatoes. They also support local projects and see the enthusiasm school children have for growing their own potatoes first hand.Β  They are therefore determined not to let the Grow Your Own Potatoes programme fall by the wayside and are providing a new home for it within Potato House.

Thanks to all our co-sponsors across the industry for your help and support in making this project such a success in a short space of time.Β  GYOP was run in 2022 and 2023 (albeit at a much-reduced number than before) and will be running again in 2024.Β 

We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for a prestigious award after only operating in the current format for such a short space of time.

Sponsorship does not need to come from the potato industry, or be potatoes!Β  We also need monetary help with purchasing mail bags, print material, web hosting, and other incidentals as well as the obvious postage costs.

If you are interested in becoming part of the partnership or would like more information, please get in touch:Β 
Sue Lawton - Programme Manager

Tel - 07792 209478

Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House

18 years of interactive potato growing fun, let's work together to keep this going.

Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House

Over 6 million children have taken part, learning all about potatoes. Who will do this if GYOP ends?

Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House

At its height GYOP was in 75% of all primary schools - schools that are still keen to keep growing and taking part.

Grow Your Own Potatoes | Potato House

Potential to reach 500,000+ children each year, working together we can do this and have an educated next generation.

We hope you enjoy learing how to Grow your Own Potatoes with your pupils.