26 June 2012
Our Fruit-full Schools programme has won a place in the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2012 and we need your votes!
Voting for the semi-finals is now open and ends at midday on Sunday 22 July. To vote for Fruit-full Schools call 0844 836 9684 or click here to vote for free online. Please also consider sharing your vote on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.
The National Lottery Awards recognise the positive impact that Lottery-funded projects - both big and small - make to local communities. Fruit-full Schools is one of only 10 projects to make it through in the Best Education Project category in the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.
Fruit-full Schools is a project that encourages children across the country to research, design and plant community orchards in their school grounds. It aims to connect young and often vulnerable people with nature, to help them engage in hands-on learning about the benefits of local food and enable them to take positive action for their environment. You can find out more about Fruit-full Schools here. We've also produced a great new video giving you a flavour of the work that's gone on so far.
Dave Burchett, Fruit-full Schools Programme Manager, welcomed the nomination: "We're delighted that the Fruit-full Schools project has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards. Children from 50 secondary schools across the country have participated and now these secondary schools are supporting 150 primary schools (or apple pips!) to grow their own orchards. National Lottery money has given children from a range of backgrounds experiences they will never forget. It's easy to vote, so we're hoping people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for all the children and communities involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work."
Your vote can help Fruit-full Schools make it through to the final three and an appearance on the Awards show, which is broadcast live on BBC One later this year. The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition at the star-studded event and a £2,000 cash prize to spend on the project.
The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.