RHS Young School Gardener 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 Young School Gardener of the Year will be 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 delighted to be supported by Hartley Botanic who have donated a patio glasshouse 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 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.

The overall winner, crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2019, will win a fantastic patio glasshouse from Hartley Botanic (pictured below), tickets for either Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020 or RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2020, and their school will receive £100 worth of seeds and an extra £250 in National Garden Gift vouchers – a total of £500. A celebrity gardener will also spend a day with the winner at their school.

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.

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: Ellie Micklewright

Ellie's passion for the great outdoors led her to start a weekly school gardening club from scratch, with very little equipment or resources. Under her own initiative she secured funding and has since gone on to organise and plan all gardening club activities and projects. She now has a committed team of 40 students who regularly attend gardening sessions.

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