Schools' Grow Green Planters Design Competition

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018

Who can enter?

All primary schools in the Midlands are invited to come up with their best looking upcycled planter for the Grow Green Planters schools' competition at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show on Wednesday 6 June - Sunday 10 June 2018.

Entries are welcomed from all primary schools and conservation/wildlife clubs (up to age 11 or year 6) from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire and the West Midlands. Entrants must be registered with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. If you are not already a member you can register for free here.

There is no charge for entering and only one entry per school or club is permitted.


Your Grow Green Planter must be upcycled and can tell a story of your choice. This might be as simple as 'High Summer Impact'.

Grow Green Planter criteria:

  • Every Grow Green Planter must include 70% plant material. You should aim to include a mix of seasonal plants that have been grown from seeds by the children and bought in to add a splash of colour. Artificial plant material should not be used.
  • You may use tasteful props to accessorise your planter, for example, windmills, figurines, insects, etc.
  • Your Grow Green Planter should be freestanding and secure. You must use recycled and upcycled materials but it is important that the planters are substantial and able to withstand all weather conditions.
  • Your Planter must have a minimum area of 0.6m2 (0.75m x 0.8m x any height). There is no maximum size, however you are advised to think carefully about transportation and carrying, as there will be no staff on hand at Chatsworth to help with this. The Planter can be one piece or several pieces that fit neatly together to meet this total size. There should be no loose or easily detachable parts.

Please read the full Grow Green Planters factsheet for more information on entry criteria, key dates and staging your entry.


All schools will receive a certificate of participation. Prizes are available for the top three entries as judged by a panel. The prizes will be as follows:

  • 1st prize - £200 Garden Centre Vouchers and a certificate
  • 2nd prize - £125 Garden Centre Vouchers and a certificate
  • 3rd prize - £50 Garden Centre Vouchers and a certificate

How to enter:

To enter the competition, click here.

Deadline for entries: Friday 23 March 2018


Read full details of the competition and then enter!

Grow Green Planters factsheet

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