Schools' Wheelbarrow Competition Factsheet

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2017

Before completing your application form, please read through this document. It explains:

  • Contacts
  • Theme
  • General information
  • Visiting the show

Applications must be received no later than Friday 03 February 2017. Your completed application along with a colour photograph or drawing of your wheelbarrow will then be reviewed. If your wheelbarrow is accepted into the show you will be contacted by Friday 10 February 2017 by email confirming your acceptance.


General Enquiries:
Competition Organiser: Meriel Jones, Bute Park Education Officer
02920 788403

Theme: Myths & Legends of Wales 

The theme this year is the 'Myths and Legends' to celebrate the Welsh 'Year of the Legends'. Your wheelbarrow can focus on any of the ancient myths and legends and their characters. 

We hope you have fun designing them and we look forward to seeing your submissions!

General Information


  • Entries are welcomed from all pre-schools and primary schools (up to age 11 years or Year 6) from Cardiff, Caerphilly County Borough and the Vale of Glamorgan area.
  • No charge is made for entering the Wheelbarrow Competition.
  • Only one entry per school is permitted.
  • Only the first 60 entries received by the closing date, Friday 03 February, will be allowed into the competition.


  • Must have planted material in the display and at least 1/3 of it should be floral.
  • Should be fully waterproof including any papier mâché elements.
  • Consider how wind and rain could affect your design and plan accordingly. Your barrow could spend up to 5 nights outside, uncovered on the showground.
  • Make both handles accessible for moving the barrow.
  • Make sure the wheel can turn freely and the tyre in pumped up as it will be wheeled to the showground. 
  • To help with recycling, which is important to all of us, we are offering £15 National Garden Gift vouchers to any entrant who can source their own wheelbarrow. If you don't have one, we can supply one, to be delivered in the fortnight after half term. The vouchers can be spent anywhere that accepts them, and you can choose what you spend them on.
  • Approx. dimensions of the barrow are: total length 1,400mm, width 550mm, height 580mm.
  • Planting area: approximately length: 875mm, width 500mm, depth 300mm.
  • Your entry must be a single wheelbarrow.
  • Do not exceed the following measurements in your design: 30cm length or widthways from the barrow and 60cm in height from the soil level or have any freestanding elements; the barrow must be moved as one.
  • Wheelbarrows will be delivered to the schools week beginning 27 February, unless you are sourcing your own.

How to get your barrow to Bute Park

  • Any school can choose to deliver their barrow to Cardiff (Bute Park Nursery) up to and including Wednesday 05 April 2017.
  • Cardiff schools: if you require collection, your barrow will need to be ready by Sunday 19 March, as collection will be during the week 20-24 March. An appointment system will be used to collect the barrows and a specific day will be allocated to you.
  • Caerphilly schools: you will take your barrows to Morgan Jones Park, date to be advised within 20-24 March.
  • Vale of Glamorgan School: you will take your barrows to Court Road Depot - date to be advised within 20-24 March.
  • Once we take responsibility for your barrow, we will only undertake watering.

Voting & prizes

Your design will be seen by the thousands of visitors to the show, who will be asked to vote for their favourite and the top three will win a prize. The winners will be announced at the show on the afternoon of Sunday 09 April.

Prizes for the three most popular wheelbarrows as voted for by the visitors to the show are as follows:

  • 1st prize - £100 National Garden Gift vouchers
  • 2nd prize - £75 National Garden Gift vouchers
  • 3rd prize -  £50 National Garden Gift vouchers

The prizes will be awarded at each individual winning school.

We very much hope you will want to display your barrow in school after the show and the barrows will be available for collection from Bute Park Nursery from Tuesday 18 April by arrangement with Meriel.

Visiting the Show

Each school that enters will be sent 5 free adult tickets to the show (any day). All accompanied children under 16 go free.

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