Green Plan It Challenge

A creative project encouraging students to rethink the role of green spaces

What is the Green Plan It Challenge?

The Green Plan It Challenge is a 10 week project for Year 8-9 / S2-3 students encouraging them to rethink the role of green spaces, either in their own school or their local community.

Supported by an industry mentor, students will work as a team to design a new green space, using a range of materials and media to bring their ideas to life. Through the process they will learn about the importance of plants to people and places in real world contexts.

They will compete against local schools and present their designs at a celebration event.

Why take part?

The Green Plan It Challenge has been designed to be student led, allowing them to explore community needs and environmental issues.  The challenge has broad curriculum relevance in subjects such as Science, D&T, Art, PSHE and Citizenship.

Horticulture offers a wide range of exciting careers from plant science and design, to gardening and journalism, and the industry is currently facing a skills shortage. By working with an industry mentor, students will gain valuable insight into the breadth of careers available, as well as develop key employability skills. This is also a great opportunity for students and schools to make important new industry connections.

Feedback from last year's challenge identifies significant improvement in skills such as:

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • presentation
  • creative thinking

What is the process?

  • Schools will be invited to apply to participate in one of our regional hubs: Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Norwich, Newcastle, Manchester, London or Harrogate.
  • The RHS will then match each school with a local industry mentor.
  • The students will be invited to attend an inspiring launch event in autumn where they will met their mentor and the RHS team to learn more about the Green Plan It Challenge.
  • During the ten-week challenge the students will work on their design at school, with advice from their industry mentor.
  • In December, all participating students will be be invited to attend a celebration event at their regional hub to present their designs for assessment, receive feedback on their work and celebrate their achievements with their industry mentors.

What does it cost?

Support for the Green Plan It Challenge is provided by the RHS.  Schools are only required to provide transport to the venue for the events and some design and modelling materials.

How do we get involved?

Applications for this year will open soon. Please check back soon for more details.

If you have any questions regarding the Green Plan It Challenge, contact us at or call us on 07738 820671.

Building skills and growing ideas

Watch our video to find out more about the Green Plan It Challenge
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Interested in becoming a mentor?

Applications are currently closed but you can still find out more and perhaps join us next time.

Becoming a Green Plant It Challenge mentor is an exciting opportunity to help young people learn about the world of plants and challenge their perception of horticulture.

Each mentor works with a local school over the autumn term, providing their student team with inspiration, guidance and plant knowledge.

The RHS will recruit and train all mentors, carry out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and match mentors with appropriate schools.

This year the Challenge will run in: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

For full details about being a mentor download the Mentor Role Description.

If you have any questions regarding being a Green Plan It Challenge mentor, please contact: Kay Clark at or 07738 820 671.