Schools' Scarecrow Competition

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

Does your school have what it takes to design a winning scarecrow for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018?

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 3 July - Sunday 8 July 2018.


This year, 'You are what you eat'!

The food that we choose to eat is very important to ensure that we look after our bodies and stay in good health. We can grow many delicious fruits and vegetables in our gardens at home and also at school. How many different types of vegetables have you grown this year?

To celebrate the incredible variety of fruit and veg that is produced in the United Kingdom, this year's theme is 'You are what you eat' and we want you to be inspired by all of your favourite fruits and vegetables.

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 30 June and Sunday 1 July.

The deadline for entries is 9 March 2018.

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 'You are what you eat'.
  • 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 2017's entries which were designed to fit the theme 'A Walk on the Wild Side'.

How to enter:

To enter the competition, click here.

Deadline for entries: 9 March 2018

Key contact for this competition:

Rebecca Welti, Deputy Show Manager
Tel: 020 7821 3332

Enter the competition

Read full details of the competition including requirements and terms and conditions here:

Competition Factsheet

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

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