Schools' Christmas Tree Decorating Competition 2018

Add to the festive cheer at RHS Garden Wisley

This is a unique opportunity for students to show off their creative abilities at RHS Garden Wisley this Christmas.

Primary and secondary schools from the South East and London are invited to submit unique Christmas tree designs to be in with a chance of bringing their idea to life in a spectacular winter display in the famous Glasshouse. Ten designs will be chosen in total, from five primary schools and five secondary schools.

What's the design brief?

This year's brief can be interpreted in any way you like.

Imagine you are an elf living in a treehouse in the woods. What decorations would you put on your Christmas tree? Take your inspiration from the plants, trees and woodland creatures that share your home.

You could think about Father Christmas' elves, or go for more of a Lord of the Rings theme!

Last year's entries took the poem 'The Night Before Christmas' as their theme. Take a look at the winning entries for inspiration!

Who can enter?

Entries are welcome from all primary and secondary schools (or pupils aged 5-16) from the South East of England and London (Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Greater London, City of London, Surrey and Middlesex).

Schools must be also registered with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. If you're not registered yet, click here.

How can we enter?

If you think your school has got what it takes to design a beautifully decorated, woodland-themed Christmas tree, simply read through the competition factsheet, fill in an application form and send it, along with your group's designs, to

How is the competition judged?

A panel of RHS judges will select their ten favourite designs. The winning schools will be invited to decorate a 6-7ft Christmas tree in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, and the decorated trees will be on display over Christmas for all of our visitors to enjoy.

This year there will be a People's Choice prize. Once the trees are in place, garden visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite tree. The winner will be announced once the competition has finished and the votes have been counted.

Read full details of the competition including requirements and terms and conditions here:

Competition Factsheet

Ready to enter?

Download an application form

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