Introduce children to the fun of growing

From left: Casper Baker-Newman, Pawel Porebski, Maja Porebski, Dillan Baker-Newman and Kate Ormerod with their grass heads at Greens caf� Southsea. Picture: Chloe Ellis
From left: Casper Baker-Newman, Pawel Porebski, Maja Porebski, Dillan Baker-Newman and Kate Ormerod with their grass heads at Greens caf� Southsea. Picture: Chloe Ellis
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Chloe Ellis, from Portsmouth Together, wants children to enter the grass heads competition

IT is not always easy to keep children entertained through the school holidays but there are lots of simple low cost activities that can bring a smile to a child’s face.

As part of the Love Your Street campaign we are inviting you to take part in a new competition.

Love Your Street is about being happy where you live and creating positive changes in your neighborhood, so why not start at home?

Introduce your children to how much fun growing can be.

Have an activity day with friends creating your own grass head and when their hair grows, you can give them pigtails, a Mohawk or whatever takes you fancy.

Decorate them, dress them up and give them some personality.

The most original and funky grass head buddy will be announced as the winner.

To enter simply like the Love Your Street Facebook page and upload a photo of your very own grass head.

The competition is run by Portsmouth Together and supported by Greens Café, Southsea who will choose the winner to receive vouchers for their café at the end of August.

Greens café will be giving away packs of grass seed throughout the holidays to anyone who wants to get involved.

Love Your Street support people to make positive changes in their area from small things in their neighbourhood, like growing plants and engaging with neighbours, to starting community projects.

There are also grants of up to £500 to support resident-led projects across Portsmouth that address community concerns and benefit the local residents.

Sarah Baker, Love Your Street Project co-ordinater said: ‘We wanted to engage more people in their local neighbourhood by starting them off at home teaching children about being green and having a positive impact on their local environment.

‘As a parent of young children I am always looking for new ways to keep them busy and teach them new things, and especially the importance of knowing how things grow and where food comes from while doing fun activities.’

Dawn O’Malley, education development officer at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust said: ‘What better way to play, learn and get dirty all at once by growing your own grass head – you don’t even need to have a garden.

‘There are adventures in nature to be had even in the middle of the urban jungle.

‘Children can get involved, watch and discover nature where they live.’