Become a Green Plan It Challenge Mentor
Inspire the next generation through the power of plants
What is it?
The Green Plan It Challenge is a ten week project during the Autumn term (September - December) for Year 8 and 9 students to imagine and design a garden for their school or a new outdoor community space.
Teams of up to six students work with a mentor to carry out research before building a model of their chosen garden to bring their ideas to life.
At the end of the challenge, students compete against other local schools and present their designs at a local celebration event.
How can you help?
We are looking for mentors to help guide small teams of students through the ten week challenge.
Being a mentor is an opportunity to help young people learn about the world of plants and challenge their perception of horticulture. Over 100 mentors took part last year and 92% felt the project was relevant to the needs of the horticulture industry and 78% felt the project was relevant to their own professional development.
Each mentor will work with their school team providing them with inspiration, guidance and practical tips from their own experience. Mentors are encouraged to spend at least one hour a week of time supporting the students.
The RHS will recruit and train all mentors, carry out relevant DBS or PVG checks and match mentors with local school teams.
What is the process?
Register your interest to become a mentor
We will contact you to confirm your role
We will then match you with a local group of students
You'll attend a half-day workshop in July
You'll attend a local regional launch event in September or October and meet your team
You and your team will begin the 10 week challenge
All teams in your local area will attend a celebration event in November or December to present your models and designs for a chance to win a trophy!
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.
Mentor recruitment is currently closed but if you have any questions or would like to register your interest in next year's challenge, email firstname.lastname@example.org