RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year 2019
Supported by Hartley Botanic
Win an amazing patio glasshouse from Hartley Botanic and £500 for your school!
Do you know an adult working with young people, who is passionate about the power of plants and inspires others to grow?
We are searching for an adult at your school (teacher, gardening club leader, volunteer etc.) who is an inspiration to the pupils they teach and has shown a passion for encouraging gardening in their school, as well as linking gardening to the curriculum.
This year we are delighted to be supported by Hartley Botanic who have donated a patio glasshouse to the winner of this category.
How to enter:
All you need to do is download and complete the entry form found here or on the right hand side of this page.
For your nominee to be in with a chance of winning, you just need to tell us what makes them such a great gardening champion. You can use the links at the side of this page to see some of our finalists from previous years.
Please make sure that you have read the terms and conditions before completeing your entry, which include information on the next stages.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.
All entries will receive a printed certificate.
Each of the selected finalists and their schools will be asked to create and submit a nomination video which will be watched by Frances Tophill and RHS judges.
Following the judging, each finalist will receive £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers for their school. The finalists will also win a free place on a Campaign for School Gardening training course and be awarded an engraved hand trowel trophy and framed certificate.
The winner (selected from the four finalists) will be awarded all of the above, as well as a patio glasshouse from Hartley Botanic, a visit from a VIP to their school and two adult and up to four child tickets for either Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020 or RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2020. The winner’s school will also receive £100 worth of seeds and an extra £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers, a total of £500.
All winners and finalists will also be invited, along with two extra guests, to RHS Garden Wisley for a prize-giving ceremony in June 2019.
About last year's winner: Matthew Willer
Matthew’s passion for the environment, sense of teamwork and desire to create a space for young people to escape the day-to-day pressures of secondary school, has inspired all those who work with him. Despite being a group tutor and full-time history teacher he is totally committed to leading 'The Allotment Project', described by the headteacher as "one of the most educationally complete pieces of work I have ever seen in schools".
You can watch his nomination video and read what some of our judges said about him here.