Win a family gardening kit worth £40

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Hands up if you’ve been spending an unusual amount of time in the garden lately?

*Raises hand*

I know that I’m lucky, that not everyone has the luxury of a garden, but if you do have one, or even just space for a few window boxes, then you might be interested in this competition that I’m hosting on behalf of Sudocrem to win one of three family gardening sets.

Gardening competition for kids

That’s not the whole kit, don’t worry.

With schools closed for the foreseeable, millions of parents all over the UK are looking for new ways to keep children busy and so Sudocrem has launched their new Back to the Garden campaign, an initiative to get families back into planting and growing, wherever they are. Encouraging your children to plant seeds and take an interest in growing can give them a long-term project to focus on, away from the computer. And the good news is, you don’t need a garden to get involved: creating a window box full of edible herbs can be just as inspiring as digging a vegetable patch.

I’ve thought about Sudocrem quite a bit on and off since I had my ridiculously naive realisation about them last year. Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realise this? It’s listed in the ingredients AND there is lavender coloured lettering, so I feel quite stupid, but I’d always just thought the smell was ‘Sudocrem’.


Teaming up with gardeners and garden centres all over the nation, Sudocrem’s Back to the Garden campaign will encourage children and their parents to begin their own gardening projects at home or in the garden. The initiative will include tips and advice on potting plants, spotting a weed and keeping your plants healthy from gardeners all over the UK. Sudocrem will also be donating one hundred growing kits to families all over the UK to kick start their growing projects.

“Right now, there are around 5 million children under the age of 10 who need activities to get them through the next few months,” says Alice Bamford, Sudocrem brand manager. “At Sudocrem, we want to give families a hand as best we can.”

I’ve got three of Sudocrem’s gardening kits to giveaway, with all the basics to kickstart your indoor and outdoor gardening projects.

Gardening competition for kits

To enter, simply do as many of the actions in the widget below as you can – the more you do, the better your chances of winning. The competition will close at 11.59pm on May 20th 2020 and full T&Cs apply.

Once you’ve done that, Sudocrem also has its own competition going on where you can win one of 5 x £100 gardening centre vouchers just by sharing your gardening pictures on social media – tag @Sudocrem, #BackToTheGarden & #SudocremBTTGcomp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to enter. Terms and Conditions apply.

Good luck!

Win a family gardening kit worth £40.

Sudocrem Back to the Garden



  1. Lindsey Stuart
    20 April, 2020 / 3:26 pm

    I just love gardening with my children, I think it is important because it learns them to be responsible looking after their flowers making sure they are watered and safe from slugs and bugs!
    It’s also important to get them involved with growing their own fruit and vegetables it’s fun and healthy! :) Gardening also is fantastic for senses.

  2. Katie
    20 April, 2020 / 3:41 pm

    It gets them outside and learn how to care for something

  3. 20 April, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    This set is great for children to start gardening it’s important to help them understand how you grow vegetables and fruit and the daily care it takes to help them grow and also to realize that fruit and veg doesn’t come from a supermarket it has to be grown by someone

  4. Martina Pichova
    20 April, 2020 / 3:48 pm

    So they can learn where the vegetables and flowers come from … and to spend time outdoors in the fresh air.

  5. kathcake2017
    20 April, 2020 / 3:51 pm

    So they find out vegetables don’t just come from supermarkets!

  6. Peter Watson
    20 April, 2020 / 3:52 pm

    They get fresh air and see the benefits of nature.

  7. 20 April, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    It teaches them about growth and wild life, and by planting and growing vegetables, they may be more willing to eat them!

  8. Gill Williams
    20 April, 2020 / 5:36 pm

    Kids can learn so much from gardening and it’s fun, productive and creative.

  9. Charles Fletcher
    20 April, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    I think it is good to grow fruit and veg with children so they understand where their food comes from and to grow things like sunflowers to show them gardening is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time.

  10. Solange
    20 April, 2020 / 5:52 pm

    Gardening engages all sorts of senses and helps children to develop and recognise them without even realising. They can feel the texture of soil, seeds, flower and petals. As children garden, they develop important motor skills that will help them improve their academic skills such as writing, cutting and typing.

  11. Fiona Timms
    20 April, 2020 / 5:53 pm

    because its a fascinating thing, like magic, to teach them

  12. 20 April, 2020 / 6:23 pm

    a great chance to choose and try new food they grow and understand more o the wildlife involved too

  13. Waterworth Fiona
    20 April, 2020 / 7:39 pm

    I think the majority of children would love to grow something and they just need encouragement, they love seeing a plant grow and flower

  14. claire woods
    20 April, 2020 / 7:50 pm

    It can be enjoyable and teach them a life long skil.

  15. Iain Maciver
    20 April, 2020 / 7:51 pm

    great skills to learn

  16. Sheena Batey
    20 April, 2020 / 8:20 pm

    They can only benefit from watching things grow and nurturing them as they do

  17. Sharon Saunders
    20 April, 2020 / 9:30 pm

    I think it’s really important to get my children involved in the gardening because it’s in the fresh air and I really love them working on our veg patch because it shows them how things grow and where the food we eat comes from.

  18. Rebecca Sutton
    20 April, 2020 / 9:53 pm

    they can learn so much from what they are planting to what they dig up. it also gets them outside and off their devices.

  19. fionajk42
    20 April, 2020 / 9:57 pm

    It is a fun way to learn some science, get fresh air and be creative.

  20. Jamie Edwards
    20 April, 2020 / 10:09 pm

    I think it’s important that children know that they have to put effort in to reap the rewards, we have to water and look after our vegetables if we want to have delicious meals.

  21. Elizm
    20 April, 2020 / 10:48 pm

    because I’m so rubbish at it – I need my kids to do it for me!

  22. A.E. ADKINS
    20 April, 2020 / 10:49 pm

    Growing veg helps them understand where their food comes from and encourages them to eat a variety of fruit & veg.

  23. Jo m welsh
    21 April, 2020 / 7:47 am

    It gets them outside and teaches them so much not just about plants/veg/flowers but insects etc as well.

  24. 21 April, 2020 / 7:55 am

    If we don’t continue making sure plants are everywhere there won’t be any air left for us to breathe, so the more they learn the better our planet’s chance x

  25. Charlotte Isobelle
    21 April, 2020 / 10:27 am

    It’s good to get them away from modern tech, a bit of fresh air everyday is great!

  26. Priscilla Stubbs
    21 April, 2020 / 10:41 am

    I think it is important for children to learn about gardening, they can learn where veg comes from and they can enjoy the sight of seeds coming to life and it is a skill they can take through life for many years to come

  27. Ray Dodds
    21 April, 2020 / 10:58 am

    Brings them in touch with nature

  28. Allan Wilson
    21 April, 2020 / 11:19 am

    It’s important to get the kids out of the house and gardening is a great way to get them off the computers and laptops

    21 April, 2020 / 11:28 am

    Nature and gardening are life!

  30. lisa anderson
    21 April, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    It shows them the value of food and how hard it can be to grow. It also gives them great enjoyment when they eat something they’ve grown.

  31. 21 April, 2020 / 12:41 pm

    My children have enjoyed gardening for a while, they have their own fruit/veg patch too. They love planting things and making the garden bright and colourful and get their own tasty food at the end of it too. The fresh air and being away from screens is a massive bonus too!

  32. 21 April, 2020 / 1:17 pm

    Gardening is an essential life skill/lesson in so many ways! All kids experiences are very much quick with no waiting and nurturing involved. Gardening is a whole child experience filled with patience, love, care, time and a bit of muck thrown in for good measure! All children should learn how to grow something they can then eat it’s essential!!!

  33. Susan B
    21 April, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    Learning where food comes from is important and so is learning about the role of bugs, bees and butterflies in the garden.Messy is also quite appealing to some children.

  34. 21 April, 2020 / 3:29 pm

    It is important to understand where food comes from. Plus my son is much calmer after he has been in nature

  35. Alison Johnson
    21 April, 2020 / 3:33 pm

    My kids & now granddaughter have always helped me in the garden. My Granddaughter particularly enjoys planting seeds & then watering them once they are planted out. I think it’s important to show how plants start as just a small seed but grow into something either beautiful or useful/edible. It teaches them you don’t have to just buy everything from supermarkets plus it gets them out ito the fresh air where they can see nature up close.

  36. Julie T
    21 April, 2020 / 3:38 pm

    Children learn about how things grow and the effort that goes into helping them grow. when you are allowed to ‘play’ in mud they will retain valuable information. They can gain a great sense of pride and achievement watching their produce thrive or learn what went wrong if things don’t turn out as planned – we probably all learn more when things go wrong than when they go right! Children are little sponges and gather lots of hints & tips and with careful guidance you can nurture a love of the outdoors and nature. Being self sufficient with produce is a precious gift you can pass on. You don’t have to be self sufficient with all fruit & veg, start small and do what you can. Above all, enjoy it.

  37. AR Lister
    21 April, 2020 / 3:39 pm

    What a great thing to watch plants growing

  38. Natasha Gandy
    21 April, 2020 / 6:36 pm

    I think its important that children know where their food comes from and how to grow, prepare and cook it x

  39. Rachel Butterworth
    21 April, 2020 / 7:02 pm

    It’s great for their mental health and learning self sufficiency.

  40. MichelleD
    21 April, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    I think it’s so important for kids to see, enjoy and understand nature. They can gain a sense of pride from growing their own too.

  41. 21 April, 2020 / 9:37 pm

    It really helps with mental health and being outside with nature. Looking after and tending to our plants from seed giving them sun and water each day. Great for all of us

  42. Belinda Humphrey
    21 April, 2020 / 11:03 pm

    I think it’s really important for children to understand where our food comes from and how things grow, and how in the big cycle of life it helps keep us alive. I also gardening and being outdoors is really good for mental health. To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow, or something similar is one of my favourite quotes

  43. Julia Kerr
    22 April, 2020 / 2:53 am

    It’s important that they know where their food comes from and I think that growing their own is a great way of getting them to try something new as they are excited watching it grow and then proud of what they’ve created

  44. Chrissy58
    22 April, 2020 / 5:40 am

    I could reiterate everything everyone else has written! Growing their own certainly teaches children about respecting plants and flowers and, yes, they get a huge kick out of eating something they’ve grown themselves! xx

  45. 22 April, 2020 / 8:46 am

    because that is how I learnt from my grandparents and i’ve been doing it every since.

  46. Lyndsey
    22 April, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    I think it’s important for children to understand where our food comes from, same with flowers and plants and how important they are to bees and birds.

    22 April, 2020 / 8:05 pm

    I think it is good to teach them how to grow plants or food that you can grow to teach them where some food comes from.

  48. sallieburrows
    22 April, 2020 / 8:59 pm

    my grand children and I are growing lettuce and raddish in pots,I’m hoping they will eat it when we harvest.It’s important to be involved,they are enjoying it so far

  49. Joanne Hutchings
    22 April, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    I think that gardening is a very soothing and mindful activity for children to be involved in.

  50. Tanya Camilleri
    22 April, 2020 / 11:01 pm

    It’s a great opportunity to help them learn how things grow and how flowers help bugs

  51. Catherine S
    23 April, 2020 / 3:33 pm

    I think it’s important as it teaches them where their food comes from, to be patient, to learn to look after something, that hard work will be rewarded and it gets them outside

  52. Lauren Price
    23 April, 2020 / 8:12 pm

    It teaches them some patience and in our instant world, that some things take time

  53. Natalie Burgess
    23 April, 2020 / 9:53 pm

    It gives them a sense of responsibility and gets,them out in the fresh air xx

  54. Sean Eccles
    24 April, 2020 / 5:27 pm

    It helps them understand where some food comes from. It keeps them busy and in the Fresh air

  55. 26 April, 2020 / 8:23 am

    I never tire of seeing their faces when seeds first begin to grow…the little green shoots appearing as if from nowhere. It’s like a proper little miracle – especially things like sunflowers which can grow so massive. Then to grow their own actual veg – it seems to help the kids EAT loads nore veg when theyve grown it.

  56. Kate Kathurima
    26 April, 2020 / 8:29 am

    we set the kids up planting seeds, its good for then to see the for grow and how much it takes to produce food

  57. lynn neal
    26 April, 2020 / 11:21 am

    Gardening is very relaxing and it is great to teach how things grow and that we can all have a go!

  58. Kim Christianson
    26 April, 2020 / 12:15 pm

    Fresh air, exercise getting mucky and getting an understanding of where our food comes from

  59. Maz A
    26 April, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    Amazing giveaway. I think that it’s so important for children to learn how plants grow. It’s so much fun being in the garden too! Fred would love this.

  60. 27 April, 2020 / 11:20 am

    I think its important that children have an understanding of nature from a young age! It’s great for them to be out in the fresh air learning rather than sitting in front of a TV

  61. 28 April, 2020 / 3:16 pm

    They learn and watch seeds grow and water them every day

  62. Michelle Smith
    28 April, 2020 / 11:13 pm

    It’s important to encourage a love of nature.

  63. susan smith
    29 April, 2020 / 12:38 pm

    They learn so much and it encourages them to perhaps eat more veg, especially as they have grown them

  64. Isabell Whitenstall
    30 April, 2020 / 9:02 pm

    The kids love watching the seeds grow, it teaches them patience

  65. Mandy Doherty
    1 May, 2020 / 11:55 am

    I think its good for children to garden as they are learning about nature, science and having fun

  66. 1 May, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    It teaches them about nature and how plants grow. Also, growing vegetables shows where food comes from.

  67. Kay Broomfield
    2 May, 2020 / 8:38 am

    Firstly, it’s a great life skill – growing flowers and perhaps fruit and vegetables – learning to nurture and be patient over the time it takes for them to grow and flourish. Also, it’s so important to spend time outdoors enjoying nature. My children love a bit of a gardening!

  68. Petra Barbaric
    2 May, 2020 / 10:14 am

    I think is important because kids learnig of natural and plants.

  69. Jayne Townson
    3 May, 2020 / 6:40 pm

    I think gardening for children gives them the perfect chance to relax and enjoy learning new skills.

  70. Clare B
    5 May, 2020 / 9:06 am

    They get to learn something new that they perhaps didn’t think they would like. It gets them outdoors and away from the tv/computer/tablets which i think is really important.

  71. Claire Ginn
    5 May, 2020 / 8:48 pm

    Great to get children out in the fresh air, learning to grow from seed and growing

  72. Omid Bakhshi
    5 May, 2020 / 9:02 pm

    Bit of Vitamin D. Gardening is so much fun. You can even make rainbows with the garden hose. You can learn, observe and nurture plants. Make a wildlife corner or grow your own hideaway from willow.

  73. Tunde Toth
    5 May, 2020 / 9:08 pm

    Even the fussiest eaters will try their own vegetables. They can pick their little radishes or peas and was it at the garden tap. Gardening is a great workout, they always sleep well after a bit of digging and weeding.

  74. 6 May, 2020 / 9:03 pm

    It’s good for getting outside in the garden to get some fresh air and it’s great to plant things and watch them grow x

  75. Joanne Greer
    7 May, 2020 / 8:18 am

    They get to enjoy nature, learn new things about wildlife and gets them outdoors enjoying the fresh air instead of being in front of the TV or taplet.

  76. Sharon
    10 May, 2020 / 12:37 pm

    It teaches them some responsibility – they’ll need to take good care of their plants to keep them nice and healthy! It teaches also that veggies doesn’t grow at the supermarket and that they need to be patient to get results. It’s good for their understanding of the world and their motor skills. Plus it’s fun and rewarding!

  77. min
    12 May, 2020 / 12:59 am

    It’s a great life skill, good exercise and time outdoors.

  78. Sian Buckingham
    12 May, 2020 / 7:54 pm

    To me it’s important that my kids come out and play and help in the garden because some of my fondest memories are from doing just that with my Grandparents! ❤

  79. Pam Smith
    13 May, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    It gets them outside into the fresh air as well as encouraging them to care for the environment

  80. Rebecca King
    14 May, 2020 / 4:17 pm

    It teaches them about science in such a fun way that they dont even realise they are learning

  81. Maria P
    14 May, 2020 / 5:22 pm

    Being outside, having fresh air, learning about creatures living in the soil, taking care of plants and enjoy the reward for hard work – strawberries :)

  82. Helen Southam
    14 May, 2020 / 9:10 pm

    it teaches children how to be self sufficient and shows how produce grows from seed

  83. donna jones
    15 May, 2020 / 9:10 am

    gets them outside and learns where everything comes from

  84. Adrian price
    15 May, 2020 / 9:36 pm

    its a great way of getting them to connect with nature

  85. Michelle Ferguson
    16 May, 2020 / 8:02 am

    To get outside in the fresh air and I think they are more likely to eat vegetables if they have grown them.

  86. Emma England
    16 May, 2020 / 7:28 pm

    It gives them a new skill, gets them outside and teaches them patience. There is nothing like planting a seed and then finally seeing it grow.

  87. Naomi Sarah Buchan
    17 May, 2020 / 1:39 am

    It teaches them to care for something and understand where food comes from

  88. Simon Knuckey
    17 May, 2020 / 8:39 am

    Instead children indoors doing crafts, toys, this gardening adventure brings them new beginnings

  89. Patricia Barrett
    18 May, 2020 / 1:14 am

    It’s great to show them how things grow, as well as getting some fresh air!

  90. 18 May, 2020 / 8:56 am

    It gets them outside, shows how to look after things and shows them how to be gentle!

  91. Jessica Barber
    18 May, 2020 / 6:36 pm

    I think it can help foster a sense of responsibility and achievement in them when they manage to successfully grow something! I also love that it encourages spending time outdoors.

  92. Claire W
    18 May, 2020 / 9:12 pm

    Its a fantastic way of them learning first hand and helps them to see something that they have helped and nurtured to grow.

  93. Laura Napier
    19 May, 2020 / 3:32 am

    It teaches children that if they put time and effort into something they can help something grow. Also teaches them patience

  94. Carly Belsey
    19 May, 2020 / 6:01 am

    It gets them out in the fresh air and they learn new skills

  95. Pauline Burroughs
    19 May, 2020 / 11:05 am

    It teaches them how to grow plants/veg/fruit so that they realise they don’t just come from a supermarket. It gives them life skills and it gets them out in the fresh air

  96. Karen Barrett
    19 May, 2020 / 3:55 pm

    It’s important for children to value their food, experiencing the whole process of growing to eating is impoetant

  97. jo liddement
    19 May, 2020 / 4:46 pm

    My husband is one of the teaching staff looking after keyworker’s children. He has got them to grow vegetable plants to sell in our local farm shop. The children have loved being outside, learning how to grow fruit and veg and they are getting a good dose of vitamin D!

  98. Anthea Holloway
    19 May, 2020 / 6:14 pm

    It shows them how our food is produced and how gardening can be a lifelong hobby.

  99. Zoe Trelfa-Porter
    19 May, 2020 / 6:23 pm

    It teaches them to look after something, teaches them how to prepare a space maintain it and it is a great learning experience watching plants grow

  100. 19 May, 2020 / 7:07 pm

    It is such fun to watch things grow and then pick and eat them is amazing

  101. isis1981uk
    19 May, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    It gives them practical skills, confidence, and understanding of the world around them.

  102. Tracy Higgs
    19 May, 2020 / 9:31 pm

    Growing fruit and vegetables teaches them about where food comes from.

  103. Adrian Bold
    20 May, 2020 / 1:52 am

    Fresh air is obviously good, but showing children how things grow (and where vegetables come from!) is beneficial learning.

  104. Lucy Carter
    20 May, 2020 / 6:55 am

    It’s important for them to get outside in the fresh air to learn how things grow and to introduce them to the other creatures that may live in the garden i. e. Bugs and birds

  105. Rachel
    20 May, 2020 / 6:55 am

    Gardening provides physical exercise as well as being educational. Opportunity to grow nutritional food :- Fruit and vegetables. As well as beautiful flowers, etc. Can be good for health :- Getting into the outdoors, fresh air. Intergenerational connections, as can learn from parents, grandparents, etc. Children have lots to gain from the opportunity of getting involved in gardening.

  106. Tina Rowlands
    20 May, 2020 / 7:21 am

    It’s important for kids to get fresh air and learn where their food comes from

  107. 20 May, 2020 / 9:25 am

    It helps them to learn about nature and learning how things grow outside is fun

  108. sarah morris
    20 May, 2020 / 9:31 am

    So they can enjoy the outdoors and see how things grow

  109. zoe brown
    20 May, 2020 / 9:40 am

    teaches respect for nature and can see life cycles and a sense of achievement watching things grow

  110. Tracy B
    20 May, 2020 / 2:54 pm

    I think it’s important for kids to have a go at gardening because it gets them out in the fresh air and helps them connect with nature teaching them about the natural world and life cycles.
    It’s also great for their mental health boosting their confidence as they begin to see the results of their efforts and nurturing, as well as teaching them responsibility.
    Personally I think every school should have a patch for the children to learn gardening as part of the curriculum.

  111. Natalee Gosiewski
    20 May, 2020 / 3:59 pm

    my kids have planted some veggie seeds so now they are looking forward to eating them when they get to that point

  112. Selena Longworth
    20 May, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    We have been. Growing beans and strawberries in pots in out front garden. Hanging basket strawberries are brill! My children age 2,3 and 5 are all learning the values of caring for something else’s needs, they all help water daily and look for insects. :)

  113. Jo Taylor
    20 May, 2020 / 7:54 pm

    I love gardening with my children because it shows them you can grow something beautiful and natural with care attentiveness and patience. It teaches them the very basics of the cycle of life, how we should all strive for a more natural world to live in and how hard work, determination and patience really pays off in the end. We don’t have a big garden but we are growing potatoes and carrots in bags and my children have loved every minute of helping me :-)

  114. Tina Edwards
    20 May, 2020 / 8:04 pm

    It teaches them responsibility and also gets them out in the fresh air away from screens

  115. Rache B
    20 May, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    I think its important for little ones to learn about nature and get out in the fresh air.

  116. Orange23
    20 May, 2020 / 10:55 pm

    So they learn about nature and where food comes from

  117. Natalie Crossan
    20 May, 2020 / 11:16 pm

    It makes you appreciate where your fruit and veg come from!

  118. Amy Jo McLellan
    20 May, 2020 / 11:19 pm

    It’s a great skill to have – and it gets you outdoors!

  119. Natalie Gillham
    20 May, 2020 / 11:52 pm

    Gardening gets children outside in the fresh air and sunshine while teaching them about nature and how to take care of their environment.

  120. Anthony Parker
    20 May, 2020 / 11:52 pm

    I may not be a mummy but I am a single daddy . My boys love being outdoors and want to plant some plants to.attract bees and butterflies. They love grinning too but don’t we all

  121. 3 March, 2022 / 8:34 am

    I just like to gardening with children, I think this is very important, because it will make them a head of the person to take care of their flowers to ensure that they are watering and safe!

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