RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2018

Supported by Gabriel Ash

See last year's finalists and winners here.

We're on the lookout for the most inspirational and passionate young gardeners in the UK. Know someone who fits the bill? Celebrate their achievements by nominating them for RHS Young Gardener of the Year 2018.

About the competition:

Win a beautiful Gabriel Ash coldframe and £500 for your school!

Each year we search for a young person, aged 5-16, who demonstrates a true passion for gardening, has made an outstanding contribution to their school and local community and shows invaluable gardening skills.

This year we are again delighted to be supported by Gabriel Ash who have donated 16 beautiful Baby Grand Coldframes worth £475 each, which will be awarded to all finalists and winners of this category!

How to enter:

Nominees must be aged 5-16 and in attendance at a school registered to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening registered school or group. Not registered? Sign up free now

An adult (over 18) from the school can nominate a young person by completing and returning an entry form. You need only nominate your young person once. If we receive multiple nominations we will only consider the first we receive.

To enter, click the 'nominate now' button below to download an entry form and tell us why you think your young person should win. We're looking for passionate and dedicated individuals who could inspire or have inspired others through gardening.

The RHS will shortlist 16 finalists from the entry forms, four from each of the four age groups, and send each finalist a digital camera to make a short film demonstrating why they are an exemplary gardener. 

Four winners, one from each age group, will then be selected by a panel of celebrity gardening judges and judges from the RHS. One of these four will then be selected as the overall winner and crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2018. 

Nominate now

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018, via an application form.


All entries will receive a printed certificate.

Each of the 16 finalist’s schools will receive a digital camera to make their short film which can be kept afterwards.

Following the judging, each finalist will receive a Gabriel Ash Baby Grand Coldframe (pictured below) worth £475 and a £100 National Garden Gift voucher for their school. The finalists will also be awarded an engraved hand trowel trophy and framed certificate. 

The four winners (one from each age group) will each receive an engraved hand trowel, a set of gardening tools and £250 worth of National Garden Gift vouchers for their school. 

The overall winner, crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2018, will receive tickets for either Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 or RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2018, and their school will 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 2018.

This Baby Grand Coldframe has been donated by Gabriel Ash and will be awarded to all 16 finalists and winners of RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2018:


Age categories: 

  1. Aged 5 - 7 (KS1 or P1 & P2)
  2. Aged 7 - 11 (KS2 or P3 - 6)
  3. Aged 11 - 14 (KS3 or P7 & S1 - 2)
  4. Aged 14 - 16 (KS4 or S3 - 4) 




Terms and Conditions

Read the full terms and conditions for RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2018, supported by Gabriel Ash.

Enter our other categories

If you have more rising stars, why not nominate them for one of our other two great categories?

Previous winners and finalists

Check out our previous winners and finalists from the competition:

About Gabriel Ash:

Gabriel Ash produce quality Western Red Cedar greenhouses that are superior in design and construction.

A seamless blend of wood and toughened glass; discreetly incorporating aluminium and full-ridge ventilation; using only the finest quality of Western Red Cedar. 

Gabriel Ash has created a timeless range of exquisite greenhouses all endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.

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