School Gardening Awards

Given the ever-changing developments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended postal deliveries and so unfortunately can’t send out certificates and rewards at this point in time.

Success stories

Read our School Stories to see how other schools have used the School Gardening Awards to develop their garden and skills. If you have a story to tell, let us know!

Five easy steps...

Whether you are just starting out in your garden or looking to develop an existing area, the School Gardening Awards can help!
Our rewards scheme is made up of five levels that provide achievable goals which will help you turn your garden into a valuable learning resource.

Each level is easy to achieve by submitting a few words and photos via our website. Each successfully completed level is awarded with a certificate and brilliant reward worth up to £200! earn great rewards!


The scheme is accessible to all ages and abilities, urban and rural areas, and is open to all schools, community groups and educational groups in the UK.

Level 1

This level is about planning your gardening project and identifying the benefits to your school or group.

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Prizes awarded

  • A colourful growing year calendar full of tips and activities to do in the garden

Level 2

By Level 2 you should be beginning to grow plants and use tools safely, and understand basic gardening terms.

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Prizes awarded

  • An RHS gardening book full of tips and guides plus a voucher for 30% off Bulldog Tools

Level 3

Level 3 is about building on practical skills, growing a range of plants and understanding environmental issues.

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Prizes awarded

  • A Rocket Gardens voucher for three boxes of fruit and vegetable plants worth £150

Level 4

At Level 4 you should be using tools professionally, growing and harvesting produce throughout the year, and beginning to fundraise for the garden.

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Prizes awarded

  • A Super Seed Bundle of Mr Fothergill's seeds worth over £100

Level 5

At the final level, you should be sharing the garden with your local community and passing on skills to others. You should also be using the garden to teach curriculum subjects.

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Prizes awarded

  • £200 in National Garden Gift Vouchers, two 'RHS Five Star Gardening School' plaques to display in your garden and entrance hall, a USB card with the Level 5 logo to use on school stationery and your website, plus a framed certificate
  • Home Educators will receive the plaques, USB card, framed certificate and an engraved trowel

We've won awards!

Winner of the Drum Marketing Awards 2017
Winner of the ERA 2017 awards
Winner of the Third Sector 2017 awards