Best Green Educational Campaign Awarded to Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Best Green Educational Campaign Awarded to Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

The 5th GREEN AWARDS culminated last night with a glittering, ‘green carpet’ event at the iconic Natural History Museum. BBC Radio 2 Radio Presenter Janey Lee Grace and designer Wayne Hemingway MBE hosted the ceremony and announced winners for all 16 categories and the 2010 Grand Prix.

This year, the GREEN AWARDS took a giant leap by inviting worldwide participation in all 16 categories. Entries were received from most parts of the globe, including China, India, Romania, United States, Denmark, Australia, South Korea and Sweden amongst others. In fact, after Great Britain, Romania and North America sent the maximum number of entries to the Green Awards 2010. The quality of work submitted made the judges’ task of choosing winners quite difficult. It was not only the high standard of the entries, but also the cultural and social variances between countries. The judging criterion was based on the pillars of creativity, sustainability and effectiveness.

The shortlist for the new category of Best Green Educational Campaign was as follows:

PVR Nest (India) – “CineArt 2010- Cinema & Art for Social Change”

Nedbank Limited  (South Africa) – “Caring for our Communities and Saving our World”

Changeworks Resources for Life (UK) – “Kitchen Canny”

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (UK) – Let’s Grow

International Environment Action Association (South Korea) – “Carton Pack Art Contest”

The winner was Wm Morrison Supermarkets’ “Lets Grow” project.  Here is their case study:

Lets grow

Background & Objective

Let’s Grow is a community benefit programme that is designed to inspire children to follow a healthier lifestyle, and to get them excited about fresh produce. There is an increasing concern that children today have very little understanding or interest in the story of fresh food and the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet. Morrison recognises that perhaps its greatest impact on society is through the food that it sells and the lifestyle choices that customers make when they shop with Morrison’s stores.

Morrison’s creative approach to the campaign considers all of its values alongside the characteristics of Let’s Grow. The photography used throughout the campaign reflects freshness, along with children interacting, learning and having fun. The creative is designed to be professional due to the educational nature of the programme, yet it is also considerate of the participants using appropriate language for teachers, children and parents.


Let’s Grow is a national campaign open to nurseries, primary and secondary schools, colleges and Ofsted-registered childminders and clubs. More than 5 million children in education aged between 3 and 18 years have had access to gardening equipment supplied by the Let’s Grow programme. The campaign captivates children’s imaginations, appealing to their inquisitive and hands-on nature, as well as providing support for teachers and equipment for schools in a time when budgets are tight.


Morrison ran a direct mail campaign to 10,000 schools to introduce Let’s Grow when it launched the programme in 2008. More than 1,000 schools registered in the first week and Morrison also saw a huge increase in traffic on its website immediately after the launch. Since then, more than 23,500 schools across the country have registered, with millions of vouchers being exchanged by schools. This means that over 60% of UK primary schools and 40% of UK secondary schools are now growing fresh fruit and vegetables.


In two years, Morrison has donated over £6.5 million worth of gardening equipment to schools nationwide.

Judges Thought

This campaign uses the notion of a ‘healthy, balanced diet’ to emphasise the importance of fresh and locally sourced ingredients. By providing support to schools through this campaign and the donation of gardening equipment, Morrison’s are educating children on the benefits of growing their own food, and inculcating a preference for local food.