RHS seeks top school gardeners

RHS seeks top school gardeners

Royal Horticultural Society is calling on Britain’s schools to enter the search to find the best of the next generation of horticulturists.

With awards in three categories, the annual RHS School Gardeners of the Year celebrates green-fingered pupils, passionate school gardening teams and the teachers and parent volunteers who encourage them. Nominations are open until April 28.

Shortlisted gardeners will be given video cameras to produce a short video demonstrating their love of gardening, which will be assessed by a panel of judges. The winners will receive prizes including £500 of gardening vouchers for their school, a Gabriel Ash greenhouse or cold frame, tickets to an RHS show, and the chance to work alongside RHS experts and have a TV gardener visit their school.

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In 2016, the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year was six-year-old Fred Wilcox from Trafalgar Infant School in Twickenham, who impressed the judges with his demonstrations of planting and taking cuttings. Last year’s School Gardening Team of the Year was a 15-strong group of pupils from Stafford Manor High School in Stafford, who took on a project to build ten raised beds with unbridled enthusiasm, while the School Gardening Champion was Sharon McMaster, a parent volunteer from Ballycarrickmaddy Primary School in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Find out more at http://press.rhs.org.uk/RHS-Outreach/Press-releases/Search-Begins-to-Find-the-UKs-Most-Inspiring-Scho.aspx and view the 2016 finalists’ videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/RHSSchoolGardening

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