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 are to be planted in the HADO bags supplied for the competition, and one to be used in the Beneath the soil project.


The seed potatoes supplied 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.


School 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 dries, ensuring all soil/compost is removed.

The challenge begins on Tuesday 5 March 2019; schools must not start growing their potatoes before this date. Grow bags must be harvested no later than Tuesday 11 June 2019.

Chitting your seed potatoes, starts from Tuesday 19 February 2019 for two weeks.


Schools must submit their weight of potatoes per variety by Friday 21 June 2019 to AHDB using the competition entry form. Only entries sent in via the website competition 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 school that grow the heaviest crop of potatoes in accordance with the rules. Mixed entries (Rocket & Regional varieties) will not qualify.

All weights 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 supplies.

Regionally - East Scotland, West Scotland, North North East, South North East, North West, Wales, Central North, Central South, 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 will be awarded per school.


Winners will be notified either in writing or by phone within 28 days after the closing date of Friday 21 June 2019


Winning entrants agree to take part in AHDB Potatoes publicity. Winner's details will be posted on the Grow Your Own Potatoes website within one month of the competition closing.


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.