The Cheshire West and Chester Schools in Bloom competition 2014 has been officially launched at Ness Botanic Gardens in Neston.
The competition promotes educational experiences for children as they learn the benefits of growing a variety of vegetables, plants and flowers in the grounds of their schools.
Cllr Eleanor Johnson, who launched the initiative, said: “Working on gardening projects is a great and exciting way to make school subjects more interesting and can also encourage creative thought and active learning.”
The competition is sponsored by Essar Oil UK Ltd which has contributed additional funding this year to award the school who creates the best Incredible Edible All Year Round Vegetable Garden.
Ian Cotton, head of communications and community at Essar Oil UK, said: “This is a great competition and the level of enthusiasm shown by all the kids involved is impressive.
“We’re delighted to be able work with Cheshire West and Chester Council in supporting projects that give children a chance to interact and learn about gardening and being healthy.”
The competitions are open to all schools including pre-schools throughout the borough and awards are given to those entrants that develop projects under their own initiative and that meet one or more of the competition criteria.
Gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented to the top three schools with runners up being presented with certificates of excellence.
Winners will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by Ness Botanical Gardens in the autumn.