RHS School Gardening Awards Level 3

Level 3 is about extending the range of plants you grow, keeping your plants healthy and using planet-friendly approaches when you garden.

How do we achieve Level 3?

To achieve Level 3, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • We grow and can name a range of plants
  • We keep our plants healthy
  • We are planet-friendly gardeners

When you are ready to apply for Level 3, please submit up to 100 words for each of the above criteria explaining how you have met each one. For school submissions, please show how at least 10 pupils have been involved when you submit your evidence. You are welcome to include quotes from children and young people as part of your submission.

Submit evidence

Information and resources to support your submission:

We grow and can name a range of plants We keep our plants healthy We are planet-friendly gardeners

This is an opportunity to tell us about some of the different plants you are growing and caring for.

This might include:

  • Indoor plants
  • Spring bulbs
  • Vegetables, salads and herbs
  • Shrubs and hedges
  • Flowering plants for pollinators
  • Fruit trees or bushes

What are children and young people doing to encourage healthy plants?

This might include:

  • Adding compost, leaf mould or manure to enrich the soil
  • Planting sun-loving plants in the sun and shade-loving plants in the shade
  • Thinning seedlings to give plants space to thrive
  • Putting mulch round plants to retain soil moisture
  • Protecting plants from slugs and snails by encouraging more wildlife predators like frogs and hedgehogs
  • Cleaning plant pots before use

We can all help tackle the causes and effects of climate change. 

This might include:

  • Reducing, reusing and recycling garden equipment such as pots, labels and string
  • Using peat-free compost
  • Using a water butt or another container to collect and store rainwater
  • Planting drought-resistant plants like rosemary or lavender
  • Planting a tree
  • Growing your own vegetables

Useful resources:

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Ready for the next level?

Level 4

School rewards

Achieve Level 3 and receive:

  • A certificate and a digital logo to promote and celebrate your achievement

To help you move up to Level 4, you'll also receive:

  • £50 National Garden Gift Voucher
  • The RHS book 'The Little Book of Wildlife Gardening'
  • A selection of Mr Fothergill's seeds

Group and individual rewards

Achieve Level 3 to receive:

  • A certificate and a digital logo to promote and celebrate your achievement

To help you move up to Level 4, you'll also receive:

  • A selection of Mr Fothergill's seeds