Schools' Scarecrow Competition

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

About the competition:

Schools in the South East and London are once again invited to get creative for the annual Schools' Scarecrow Competition, to be held at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Tuesday 04 July - Sunday 09 July 2017.


This year we want you to take 'A Walk on the Wild Side'!

Gardens are a haven for all manner of mammals, birds and creepy crawlies and it is so important to make sure you support them by growing plants that will feed and hide them. 

To celebrate the amazing variety of wildlife in Britain, this year's scarecrow theme is A Walk on the Wild Side and we want you to be inspire by the people, places and animals across the UK.

Who can enter?

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

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

There is no charge for entering and only one entry per school is permitted.

Scarecrows are to be staged over the two days prior to press day; Saturday 01 July and Sunday 02 July.

Scarecrow criteria:

  • Scarecrows must include an element of plant material which can be dried, fresh or living. Minimum requirements are at least one 1L potted plant or one bunch of fresh or dried flowers.
  • They should be well made and made from scratch. Entrants are encouraged to use recycled materials but scarecrows should be substantial and able to withstand all weather conditions.
  • Props may be used to enhance the scarecrow.
  • Scarecrows must be no taller than 1.8m and should have no loose or easily detachable parts.
  • Scarecrows must follow the theme 'A Walk on the Wild Side'.
  • Entries must be a single scarecrow.


Prizes are available for the three most popular scarecrows as voted for by the visitors to the show. The prizes will be as follows: 

  • 1st prize - £200 Garden Centre vouchers and a certificate 
  • 2nd prize - £150 Garden Centre vouchers and a certificate
  • 3rd prize - £50 Garden Centre vouchers and a certificate 


To help get your creative ideas going, check out last year's entries which were designed to fit the theme 'Rocket Science'.

How to enter:

Before entering, please ensure you have read and understood all of the information required including the full details on the factsheet here.

The deadline for applications has now been extended to Monday 20 March 2017.
Your completed application along with a colour photograph or drawing of your scarecrow will then be reviewed. If your scarecrow is accepted into the show you will be contacted in April 2017 by email. You will then be asked to submit an online attendance confirmation and risk assessment form by the end of April 2017.

If you are happy you have read and understood all of the information on the Scarecrow Competition Factsheet, click the button below to enter!

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Read full details of the competition including requirements, terms and conditions and how to enter here:

Competition Factsheet