RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2020

Supported by Hartley Botanic

Unfortunately, we have taken the decision to cancel our School Gardeners of the Year competition 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nominations for School Gardeners of the Year 2020 are now closed.

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.

How does it work?

After the closing date, we will select our finalists and ask them to make a short video demonstrating and explaining why their nominated gardening team should win.

These videos will then be watched by our panel of judges, including TV Gardener Frances Tophill, to decide who will be crowned RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2020!


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 that 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's school will receive:

  • A Hartley Botanic Greenhouse worth up to £10,000 plus up to £2,500 to support any building work required such as a base
  • An extra £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers, a total of £500 
  • £100 worth of seeds
  • A celebrity gardener will also spend a day at the winning school

About last year's winner: Springhallow School

The team of nine aged between 12 and 16 from Springhallow, a school for young people with autism, worked together to create a beautiful and productive garden from scratch. They challenged themselves to try new foods and supplied edible flowers and other produce to a new school café.

Gardening has also helped boost the team’s confidence, social and communication skills. 

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

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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