RHS Young School Gardener 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.

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 young person should be the winner.

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


All entries will receive a printed certificate.

Following the judging, each finalist will win £100 worth of National Garden Gift Vouchers for their school. The finalists will also be awarded an engraved hand trowel trophy and a 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.

In addition to the above, the overall winner will win the following prizes for their school:

  • A Hartley Botanic patio glasshouse worth £1,250
  • An additional £250 in National Gardening Gift Vouchers, making a total of £500
  • £100 worth of seeds
  • A visit from TV Gardener, Frances Tophill, to present their prizes and carry out a gardening activity with the winner

Age categories: 

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

About last year's winner: William Rae

Growing everything from radishes to rhubarb, knowledgeable young gardener William enjoys sharing his love of gardening with his schoolmates; instigating a garlic growing competition and mentoring his fellow pupils.

In addition to spending a huge amount of time in the school garden, William also recognises the wider environmental benefits of growing your own such as cutting down on plastic packaging and food miles.  

You can watch his nomination video and read what some of our judges said about him 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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