Schools' Scarecrow Competition

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

About the competition:

Each year, schools in the South East and London are invited to get creative and design a scarecrow for display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Entries are closed for 2018. Applications for 2019 will open in the Spring Term.

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.


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


To help get your creative ideas going, check out 2018's entries which were designed to fit the theme 'You Are What You Eat'.

Key contact for this competition:

Rebecca Welti, Deputy Show Manager
Tel: 020 7821 3332

Looking for inspiration?
Have a look at some of the previous entries and winners:
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