Become a Green Plan It mentor

Inspire the next generation to grow

We are on the lookout for volunteers from the horticulture industry to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019.

Over ten weeks, you'll help a team of up to six students to plan and create a model garden for their school or community and support them to share their ideas. You'll offer inspiration and practical tips from your own experience, to enable young people to make their own decisions about their ideal green space! As a mentor, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Share your knowledge with young people
  • Introduce young people to the power of plants
  • Encourage positive social action
  • Network with other horticultural mentors
  • Develop your coaching skills and professional confidence
  • Feel good about making a difference

You will need to be available to attend a half day mentor workshop in June/July 2019 and be able to take part in the ten week project from September – December (exact dates are available below), dedicating at least one hour to supporting your team per week. You may choose to visit the students each week, invite them to your place of work or go on a garden visit, or talk to them via Skype.
Once you are confirmed as a mentor the RHS will provide training and guidance on taking part in Green Plan It. The RHS will also carry out an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for volunteers in England and Wales and a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) disclosure for volunteers in Scotland.

How to get involved

  1. Complete our application form to become a mentor 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 a half day mentor workshop over the summer
  4. We will then match you to a school local to you
  5. You'll then attend a regional Green Plan It launch event in the autumn to meet your team
  6. You and your team will begin the ten week challenge
  7. All teams in your area will attend a Green Plan It celebration event at the end to present their models and designs, for a chance to become the regional winner!

Up for the challenge?

Mentors 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
Launch day: Thursday 26 September 2019
Celebration day: Wednesday 4 December 2019
Essex: RHS Garden Hyde Hall, CM3 8ET
Launch day: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Celebration day: Wednesday 27 November 2019
Yorkshire: RHS Garden Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB
Launch day: Monday 16 September 2019
Celebration day: Tuesday 3 December 2019 (Location TBC)
Greater Manchester: University of Salford, M5 4BR
Launch day: Friday 20 September 2019
Celebration day: Wednesday 11 December 2019
London: Capel Manor College, EN1 4RQ
Launch day: Tuesday 24 September 2019
Celebration day: Tuesday 10 December 2019
Sheffield: Sheffield Botanical Gardens, S10 2LN
Launch day: Monday 23 September 2019
Celebration day: Thursday 12 December 2019
Sunderland: Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, SR1 1PP
Launch day: Thursday 26 September 2019
Celebration day: Tuesday 10 December 2019

Glasgow: Glasgow Botanic Garden, G12 0UE
Launch day: Thursday 26 September 2019
Celebration day: Thursday 5 December 2019

Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden, EH3 5NZ
Launch day: Tuesday 24 September 2019
Celebration day: Tuesday 3 December 2019

Have a question?

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

Want to get involved?

We are no longer taking mentor applications for Green Plan it 2019. Please check back in spring when we'll be recruiting for Green Plan It 2020.

Apply to be a Green Plan It mentor

Interested in becoming a mentor in another area of the UK? Please contact to register your interest.

What last year's mentors said...

“It was rewarding to be involved with a group of young people who were so interested and interesting. They thought of design opportunities that never occurred to me, so taught me a thing or two!”

Christina Odell, Enplan

“During the presentations on the final day it was said to me that I looked like a proud parent as the team fed back to the judges. And that is how this scheme makes you feel - you invest a lot personally in these wonderful and talented students and what you put in is returned ten fold. Such feelings of pride and accomplishment watching the growth in these young students who are on their own personal, and often difficult journeys, is immensely rewarding.”

Chris Moncrieff, RHS

"The students' sheer determination to make a difference, and their openness to always accept any observation as a positive and not a negative meant that they were constantly evolving as the process went on - an absolute pleasure to witness!!!"

Sharon Martin, Gardener

We've won awards!

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