Become an Assessor

Inspire the next generation to grow

We’re looking for volunteers from the horticultural industry to take part in a one-day volunteering opportunity as a Green Plan It assessor!
As an assessor you’ll have the opportunity to attend one of our Green Plan It celebration events in late November/early December 2019 where you will meet school teams who have taken part in the RHS 10-week Green Plan It project to design and build a model garden for their school or community.
As part of a small panel of assessors you will assess the work of approximately four teams by understanding the inspiration for their designs and the processes they went through to get to their final ideas.
As an assessor, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Share your knowledge with young people
  • Encourage positive social action
  • Network with other horticultural assessors
  • Feel good about making a difference

You will need to be available to attend the celebration day of your nearest Green Plan It hub in late November/early December and have small amount of time before this day to look at the reports of the designs you will be assessing (these will be sent to you). 

How to get involved

  1. Complete our application form to become an assessor and let us know which hub (see regional venues below) you are nearest to
  2. You will be contacted to discuss your application
  3. If successful, you will be invited to attend the celebration event of your nearest hub
  4. At the Green Plan It celebration event you will meet students, assess their designs and help decide on the winners! 

Up for taking part?

Assessors will have worked in or have experience of 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.

Key dates and regional venues

Surrey: RHS Garden Wisley, GU23 6QB
Celebration day: Wednesday 4 December 2019
Essex: RHS Garden Hyde Hall, CM3 8ET
Celebration day: Wednesday 27 November 2019
Yorkshire: RHS Garden Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB
Celebration day: Tuesday 3 December 2019 (Location TBC)
Greater Manchester:
University of Salford, M5 4BR
Celebration day: Wednesday 11 December 2019
London: Capel Manor College, EN1 4RQ
Celebration day: Tuesday 10 December 2019
Sheffield: Sheffield Botanical Gardens, S10 2LN
Celebration day: Thursday 12 December 2019
Sunderland: Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, SR1 1PP
Celebration day: Tuesday 10 December 2019
Glasgow: Glasgow Botanic Garden, G12 0UE
Celebration day: Thursday 5 December 2019
Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden, EH3 5NZ
Celebration day: Tuesday 3 December 2019 

Have a question?

If you have any queries about becoming an assessor, drop us a line to

Want to get involved?

Becoming a Green Plan It assessor is a rewarding and fun role. Download the role description to find out more.
Applications for this year are now closed, however we will be recruiting again next year!  

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