Schools' Wildlife Homes Competition

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival


In light of the current restrictions across the UK, we have extended the deadline for entry to the competition until Thursday 25 February. We understand that priorities will have drastically changed in schools so we have also removed the judged element of the competition.

We would still love for your school to take part and just have fun, we hope this will offer your students something to look forward to in such a difficult time.

About the competition:

This year, in a bid to raise awareness of biodiversity and native species decline, the focus of the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival schools' competition will be on wildlife homes.

Pre-schools and primary schools in London and the South East are invited to get creative and design a wildlife home for display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival from Monday 5 - Sunday 11 July 2021.

The competition theme is 'It's a Wild World'. Whether you choose to build a bug hotel, bee hive, dormouse nest, bird box, butterfly or hedgehog house, we want you to get your creative minds whirring for this year's Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival!

Who can enter?

Entries are welcome from all pre-schools and primary schools (up to age 11 or year 6) from London and the South East (Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey).

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

There is no fee for entry. Only one entry per school is permitted.

Key contact for this competition:

If you have any questions please do not hesitiate to get in touch.

Natalie Gearing, Deputy Shows Manager
Tel: 020 7821 3335


Take a look through the images below to start gathering ideas for the competition!

The deadline for this competition has now been extended. Applications close on Thursday 25 February. 

Check out our factsheet for more information and all of the sign up details. 

Want a blast from the past?

Have a look at some of the previous entries and winners of the Hampton Court schools' competition:

Schools' Scarecrows 2016 - Rocket Science
Schools' Scarecrows 2017 - A Walk on the Wild Side
Schools' Scarecrows 2018 - You Are What You Eat

We've won awards!

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