Green Plan It

Inspire young people to grow

What’s it all about?

Green Plan It is a student-led project which encourages Year 8 and 9 / S2-3 students to discover the wonderful world of plants, and rethink the role of green spaces.
Over ten weeks in the autumn term, student teams will be challenged to research, plan and build a model of a garden they'd like to see in their school or community. Their mentor will offer guidance on designing a garden from scratch, share practical plant knowledge, and facilitate your young people to make decisions about their ideal green space.
Through Green Plan It, your students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the incredible world of plants
  • Discover how plants affect people and the planet
  • Work with a skilled mentor from the horticultural industry
  • Develop their confidence, leadership and decision making skills, creativity and teamwork
  • Compete against local schools for a chance to win a trophy!
  • Apply for funding to create their garden for real

Why take part?

The project is designed to be youth-led and is an opportunity for young people to consider community needs and environmental issues, as well as growing their understanding of how plants and nature play a valuable role in our lives.

We've made sure that Green Plan It is relevant to a range of curriculum subjects including Science, D&T, Geography and Art, as well as PSHE and Citizenship, to give you more opportunity to include the work in lesson time. The project is also great for extra-curricular clubs such as STEM clubs or gardening clubs.
Green Plan It provides an opportunity for students to gain insight into the diversity of job roles within horticulture industry - they'll discover that it's more than just digging and planting, and getting messy!

What's the process?

1. Sign up to one of our regional hubs: Surrey, Essex, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, London, Sheffield, Sunderland or Scotland. Unfortunately we are unable to offer Green Plan It to all parts of the UK at this time.
2. Your team(s) will be invited to an online launch event in autumn where they will be introduced to the challenge and take part in activities and discussions to get their creativity flowing and set them up ready for the task in hand.
3. Over ten weeks your team(s) will work on their design at and a report explaining their design process. The online Green Plan It portal will also provide you and your team with resources, inspiration and ideas. We recommend that a minimum of two hours a week is spent on Green Plan It but you can spend more.
4. Your team will submit their design and report in advance of the celebration event for our volunteer assessors to review their ideas.
5. In December, teams will come together for an online celebration event. This will be an opportunity to celebrate what they have done, receive feedback on their work and compete against other local schools for a chance to win a trophy.

What does it cost?

It’s completely FREE to register for Green Plan It, and an RHS Advisor will be on hand to help and guide you through the project.

Schools will need to have internet access and are required to provide materials for your team(s) design and report.


Green Plan It 2021

We are delighted to be able to announce that Green Plan It will be returning in 2021. This year it will be delivered as a fully online programme. 
More details will be available in the Spring. If you have any questions in the meantime or would like to take part in Green Plan It 2021, drop us a line at


What's the big idea?

Find out why we set up Green Plan It, and discover what students, teachers and industry mentors get out of taking part

We've won awards!

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