SCHOOLCHILDREN across Worcestershire are being asked to put their green fingers to the test in a national schools' competition to grow a prize-winning petunia.

Youngsters aged from four to 11 will have the chance of winning a £1,000 cash prize for their school, £100 in gardening vouchers, and free tickets to a top gardening show.

Everyone taking part will receive a free starter pack containing a petunia plant plug, a pot, compost and a bottle of Baby Bio Original to help them get started.

Overall winner

The competition, organised by Baby Bio and the Garden Centre Association, is open to all primary schools and is free to enter.

Judging will take place in June at garden centres taking part, including Worcester Garden Centre and Webbs of Wychbold.

Schools wishing to enter should contact the centre.

Winners from each centre will go to the national final at BBC Gardeners World Live on Saturday, June 18 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, accompanied by parents, teacher and garden centre staff.

The overall winner will be chosen by some of the top names in gardening.