Become a Green Plan It Challenge Mentor

Inspire the next generation through the power of plants

We are on the look out for people working in the horticulture industry to mentor small teams of students through our annual Green Plan It Challenge.

Being a mentor is an opportunity to help young people learn about the world of plants and to challenge their perception of horticulture, while also being valuable to your own professional development.

Once we have matched you with your team, you will have the chance to inspire and guide them through the ten week process and provide them with practical tips from your own experience. We encourage all mentors to spend at least one hour a week of time supporting the students.

Once signed up, we will provide training and guidance on the challenge itself, as well as carry out any DBS or PVG checks for you. Mentors are also matched with schools local to them.

How to sign up

  1. Complete the application form to become a mentor
  2. You will be contacted to discuss your application
  3. If successful, you will be invited to attend a half day mentor workshop in July or August
  4. We will then match you to a local school
  5. You'll then attend a local regional launch event in the autumn to meet your team
  6. You and your team will begin the 10 week challenge
  7. All teams in your area will attend a celebration event at the end of the Challenge to present their models and designs for a chance to become the regional winner!

Up for the challenge?

Mentors will have worked or have experience in horticulture or a related industry e.g. landscape architecture, garden design, green space management and maintenance, gardener roles and garden retail.

Experience of working with schools or young people is not essential but you should have a passion for plants and a desire to share your interest with young people.

Read the full details by downloading the Mentor Role Description.

Apply to be a mentor


If you have any questions, you can email us at

What last year's mentors said...

“Whilst we are there to inspire young people, [Green Plan It] is a reciprocal process and I certainly felt inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of the students. It's also nice to be able to impart knowledge about a subject we're passionate about and see that used creatively by the students.”

Matthew Henton, Twig Garden Design

“A great way to transfer your own enthusiasm for gardening, design and wildlife to school children. I loved it.”

John Flannery, SLR Consulting

"A wonderful way to engage with a great group of young people about the interesting and inspiring world of horticulture!"

Wendy Alcock, Incredible Edible Barnet

Key dates

Bristol: University of Bristol Botanic Garden, BS9 1JG
Currently at full capacity for mentors

Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden, EH3 5NZ
Launch Day: Tuesday 4th September 2018
Celebration Day: Tuesday 27th November 2018

Essex: RHS Garden Hyde Hall, CM3 8ET
Launch Day: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Celebration Day: Wednesday 12th December 2018

Greater Manchester: University of Salford, M5 4BR
Launch Day: Friday 14th September 2018
Celebration Day: Friday 30th November 2018

Leicester: University of Leicester Botanic Garden, LE2 2LD
Launch Day: Thursday 13th September 2018
Celebration Day: Thursday 6th December 2018

Leeds: Leeds University Union, LS2 9JZ
Launch Day: Friday 21st September 2018
Celebration Day: Tuesday 11th December 2018

Sheffield: Botanical Gardens, S10 2LN
Launch Day: Monday 10th September 2018
Celebration Day: Thursday 13th December 2018

Sunderland: Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, SR1 1PP
Launch Day: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Celebration Day: Tuesday 4th December 2018

Surrey: RHS Garden Wisley, GU23 6QB
Launch Day: Friday 21st September 2018
Celebration Day: Wednesday 5th December 2018

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Winner of the Drum Marketing Awards 2017
Winner of the ERA 2017 awards
Winner of the Third Sector 2017 awards