Schools' Wildlife Homes Competition

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

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.


Prizes are available for the three most popular wildlife homes as voted for by the visitors to the show.

Apply now:

Applications are now closed, we hope you'll join us next year!

Key contact for this competition:

Natalie Gearing, Deputy Shows Manager
Tel: 020 7821 3335


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

Applications to this competition are now open! 

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