School Gardeners 2015 Competition

RHS begins nationwide search for the UK's most passionate school gardeners

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening have launched their annual search for the UK’s most talented and inspiring school gardeners in the fourth RHS School Gardeners of the Year competition. Schools across the UK are now being invited to nominate their young gardening stars.

Shortlisted nominees for the three coveted awards – RHS Young School Gardener of the Year, RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year and RHS School Gardening Team of the Year – will then be required to make a short video demonstrating their love of gardening which will be watched by an experienced judging panel headed up by ITV’s Love Your Garden presenter, Frances Tophill.

“Last year we saw an incredible range of talented young people and teachers,” says Frances Tophill. “It’s fantastic to see that all over the UK, young people are able to take their learning outdoors and hone not only horticultural skills, but very valuable life skills.”

Frances Tophill with George Hassall

Pictured: George Hassall (RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2014) and Frances Tophill

School Gardeners Competition 2015

A greenhouse worth £2,644, kindly donated by Keder Greenhouses, is this year’s top prize for the winning RHS School Gardening Team of the Year. Additional prizes for all three categories include £500 in gardening vouchers, tools, gardening gloves, tickets to an RHS Flower Show and fantastic opportunities such as the chance to work alongside RHS gardeners for a day or a visit from Frances Tophill to help out in their school garden.

Schools should head to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website at rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening for more info on how to enter the competition.

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Flower pot wellies

Gardening can be lots of fun for kids. Last year, the Eagley Infant School in Bolton used wellies as flower pots for their clever gardening project.

Growing grass heads in old socks

These fabulous grass heads were made by filling old socks with a handful of lawn seed and compost. Just stick ’em in a glass jar and watch the hair grow wild!

Action figure toy standing next to sunflower plant

Even the kids’ toys got involved with the gardening at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Brewood.

RHS School Gardeners potting

RHS Campaign for School Gardening provides lots of brilliant ideas for how schools can create all kinds of different gardens for growing fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs, along with encouraging local wildlife.

Garden Projects Book by RHS and Dorling Kindersley

Book publisher Dorling Kindersley and RHS produced this children’s book that’s full of cool and inspiring ideas for garden projects.

Kitchen Garden Project by RHS and Jamie Oliver

RHS also teamed up with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation to deliver a Kitchen Garden Project course that’s packed with practical skills to help get schools growing and cooking.

RHS Campaign For School Gardening

Award certificate and trophy trowel for School Gardeners

Could YOU be one of the winning school gardeners this year?

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RHS Campaign for School Gardening
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