RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2019

Supported by Hartley Botanic

Nominations for School Gardeners of the Year 2019 are now closed.

We'll announce our finalists and winners soon.

Our School Gardening Team of the Year will be an outstanding gardening team that has made a difference to their school environment. The winning group will be one that shares a passion for gardening and displays excellent teamwork.

This year we are delighted to be supported by Hartley Botanic who have donated a greenhouse to the winner of this category.


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 of the four finalists will receive a engraved trowel, a set of gardening gloves and £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers.
The overall winning team will receive a fantastic greenhouse from Hartley Botanic (see one of the options on offer below) and an extra £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers, a total of £500. A celebrity gardener will also spend a day at the winning school.

About last year's winner: St Gregory's Catholic Science College

This seven-strong, enthusiastic team of 13-15 year old pupils have worked together to transform school grounds, originally earmarked for a staff car park extension, into an eco-garden. For many of the school's pupils the garden serves as their main connection with nature, as well as doubling as an outdoor classroom, and now inspires lessons across the curriculum and campaigns to raise awareness of environmental issues, such as reducing plastic. Their latest project marked the 60th anniversary of the school by creating a space which is available to local primary and nursery school pupils too. The students also maintain a large community flower bed at the entrance to the local park.

You can watch their nomination video and read what some of our judges said about them here.

Enter the competition

The competition is now closed for 2019. Finalists and winners will be announced soon.

Previous winners and finalists

Check out our previous winners and finalists from the competition:

About Hartley Botanic:

Hartley Botanic is a historic Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer based in Greenfield, Lancashire. The company was founded in 1938 by brothers Vincent (RHS fellow) and Norman Hartley following their groundbreaking aluminium Greenhouse design – to our knowledge, the UK’s first aluminium Greenhouse. Today, Hartley Botanic’s reputation has been built on 80 years of British craftmanship, creating handmade Greenhouse and Glasshouse structures known for their enduring strength, quality and performance. It is the greenhouse manufacturer of choice for the UK’s leading horticulture organisations, institutions and designers with ‘Hartleys’ commissioned by the RHS, the National Trust, Kew Gardens, Blenheim Palace, The Lingholm Estate and Hampton Court Palace...to name a few. Hartley Botanic is the only aluminium Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer endorsed by the RHS.
Read more about Hartley Botanic and view their beautiful, handmade Greenhouses and Glasshouses here

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