RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year 2018

Supported by Gabriel Ash

We're on the lookout for the UK's most inspiring garden educators. If you know someone with boundless enthusiasm for getting young people involved in growing, why not nominate them for RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year 2018?

Click here for 2017's results.

About the competition:

Win a beautiful Gabriel Ash coldframe and £500 for your school!

Each year we look for an adult at your school (teacher, gardening club leader, volunteer etc.) who is an inspiration to the pupils they teach and has shown a passion for encouraging gardening in their school, as well as linking gardening to the curriculum. 

This year we are delighted to be supported by Gabriel Ash who have donated four beautiful cedar Upright Coldframes worth £699 each, which will be awarded to all finalists and winners of this category!

How to enter:

Nominees must be an adult (over 18) working or volunteering at a school registered to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Not registered? Sign up free now

An adult (over 18) can nominate their colleague by completing and returning an entry form. You need only nominate your adult once. If we receive multiple nominations we will only consider the first we receive.

To enter, click the 'nominate now' button below to download an entry form and tell us why you think your champion should win. We're looking for passionate and dedicated individuals and those who have made a real difference to their school and community through gardening.

The RHS will select four finalists from the entry forms and send a digital camera to make a short film demonstrating why they are an exemplary leader and how they encourage gardening in their school. 

The overall winner, selected by a panel of celebrity gardening judges and judges from the RHS, will be crowned RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year 2018.

Nominate now

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018, via an application form.


All entries will receive a printed certificate.
The four finalists will receive a digital camera to make their short film which can be kept afterwards.
Following the judging, each finalist will receive a Gabriel Ash Upright Coldframe (pictured below) worth £699 and £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers for their school. The finalists will also win a free place on a Campaign for School Gardening training course and be awarded an engraved hand trowel trophy and framed certificate.
The winner (selected from the four finalists) will be awarded all of the above, as well as a visit from a VIP to their school and two adult and up to four child tickets for either Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2019 or RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2019. The winner’s school will also receive £100 worth of seeds and an extra £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers, a total of £500.
All winners and finalists will also be invited, along with two extra guests, to RHS Garden Wisley for a prize-giving ceremony in June 2018.
This Upright Coldframe has been donated by Gabriel Ash and will be awarded to all finalists and the winner of RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year 2018:

Terms and Conditions

Read the full terms and conditions for RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year 2018.

Enter our other categories

If you have more rising stars, why not nominate them for one of our other two great categories:

Previous winners and finalists

Check out our previous winners and finalists from the competition:

About Gabriel Ash:

Gabriel Ash produce quality Western Red Cedar greenhouses that are superior in design and construction.

A seamless blend of wood and toughened glass; discreetly incorporating aluminium and full-ridge ventilation; using only the finest quality of Western Red Cedar. 

Gabriel Ash has created a timeless range of exquisite greenhouses all endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Read more about Gabriel Ash and their collection.

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