Spades at the ready! The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on school gardeners from across the country to enter its annual competition, the RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2017.

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2017

The competition aims to celebrating gardening in schools by discovering star gardeners across three categories:

  • RHS Young School Gardener of the Year
  • RHS School Gardening Team of the Year
  • RHS School Gardening Team of the Year

The contest will seek out green-fingered pupils, passionate school gardening teams and the teachers and parent volunteers who encourage them.

Shortlisted gardeners will be given video cameras to produce a short film highlighting their love of gardening, which will then be assessed by a panel of expert judges, including horticulturist and television presenter Frances Tophill.

In 2016, the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year prize was won by six-year-old Fred Wilcox, of Trafalgar Infant School in Twickenham. Described as ‘a young David Attenborough,’ he impressed judges with his planting demonstrations and knowledge of minibeasts.

The prize

The winners will receive prizes that include £500 of gardening vouchers for their school, a Gabriel Ash greenhouse or coldframe, tickets to an RHS Flower Show and the chance to work alongside a crack team of RHS experts and have a well-known TV gardener visit their school.

How to enter

To enter the competition, schools should visit the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website at: www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.

To get an idea of what the RHS is looking for, you can watch the 2016 finalists’ videos on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening’s YouTube page at: www.youtube.com/user/RHSSchoolGardening

Nominations can be submitted from Wednesday 11 January to Friday 28 April 2017, 5pm.

 

rhs school gardener of the year