The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has launched its annual search for the most talented and inspiring school gardeners in the fourth RHS School Gardeners of the Year competition. Schools across the UK are invited to nominate their gardening stars for three coveted awards – RHS Young School Gardener of the Year, RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year and RHS School Gardening Team of the Year. Shortlisted nominees will be required to make a short video demonstrating their love of gardening which will be watched by an experienced judging panel headed up by ITV’s Love Your Garden presenter, Frances Tophill.
This year’s prizes for the competition include a greenhouse worth £2,644 donated by Keder Greenhouses (awarded to RHS School Gardening Team of the Year), £500 in gardening vouchers, tools, gardening gloves, tickets to an RHS Flower Show and fantastic opportunities such as the chance to work alongside RHS gardeners for a day or a visit from Frances to help out in their school garden.
Frances Tophill said: “Last year we saw an incredible range of talented young people and teachers. It’s fantastic to see that all over the UK, young people are able to take their learning outdoors and hone not only horticultural skills, but very valuable life skills.”
To enter the competition, schools should head to rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.
(image shows George Hassall, RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2014, and Frances Tophill