RHS Ambassadors Hit the Road to Inspire the Next Generation of Horticultural Stars

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Adam Frost and Jamie Butterworth help pick the winners of UK-wide schools’ design competition

Award-winning designer and Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, and YoungHort
co-founder, Jamie Butterworth, are criss-crossing the country to enthuse the horticultural stars of the future.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Ambassadors, whose role it is to inspire the next generation of young horticulturists, will be helping to judge the Society’s national ‘Green Plan It’ schools’ competition, at eight events across the UK.

From Glasgow to Bristol, Adam and Jamie will be meeting with hundreds of secondary school pupils who have taken part in the challenge to design an innovative new school or community garden - providing the teams of youngsters with feedback on their creations, expert advice and tips on how to get a dream job in horticulture.

The pupils have been developing their designs over ten weeks, working alongside expert mentors from the local area, to gain insights into what it’s like to work in the £10 billion horticultural sector.

The teams of 12 to 14 year olds are competing to win prizes for their projects and will be rewarded for innovation and team work.

Speaking about the project, Adam Frost said: “I can’t wait to meet with the next generation of budding garden designers, landscape architects or plant scientists and discuss the inventive designs they’ve been working on. I want to share my love of gardening with them and open up their minds to the fantastic career opportunities that exist in the horticultural world.”

Jamie Butterworth added: “The pupils have been given a real-life insight into what it’s really like to work in the industry and the many exciting avenues of horticulture to explore. I would have loved to have been given this opportunity when I was at school and I hope it inspires those who may not have previously considered a career in horticulture to think-twice about their options."

RHS Head of Community Outreach, Andrea Van-Sittart said: “The pupils have worked with expert industry mentors to develop some amazing designs. I’m sure that they are looking forward to celebrating their achievements and will find meeting Adam or Jamie hugely inspirational.

“That leading industry figures and mentors have given up their time to invest in the next generation speaks volumes about their commitment to ensuring that young people learn more about the diverse and rewarding horticultural sector.”

The RHS project was designed to support young people to develop a range of new skills, including teamwork, design and planning, as well as introducing them to the wide range of career options that exist within horticulture.

For press queries please contact Claire Weaver, Press Officer, Communities and Education at claireweaver@rhs.org.uk or on 0207 821 3043.


Notes to editors

The 8 celebration days are taking place at:

 Date Venue RHS Ambassador attending
22nd November Manchester
The Whitworth,
University of Manchester
Jamie Butterworth
1st December Bristol
Bristol Botanic Gardens
Jamie Butterworth
2nd December Norwich
Easton and Otley College
Adam Frost
2nd December Newcastle
Northumberland College
Jamie Butterworth
6th December Birmingham
Birmingham Botanic Gardens
Jamie Butterworth
7th December Yorkshire
Pavilions of Harrogate
Jamie Butterworth
9th December London
Capel Manor College
Jamie Butterworth
14th December Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Jamie Butterworth

About the RHS Green Plan It Challenge
The RHS Green Plan It Challenge involves up to 900 secondary-school pupils across the UK. It launched this autumn in eight locations - Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Harrogate, London, Newcastle, Norwich and Salford.

Supported by industry mentors, students have worked in small teams on a ten-week project to design a new green space, using a range of materials and media to bring their ideas to life. Through the process they learnt about the importance of plants to people and places in real world contexts.

The RHS Green Plan It Challenge was designed to be student led, allowing young people to explore community needs and environmental issues, which means that it has broad curriculum relevance in subjects such as Science, D&T, PSHE and Citizenship. The programme aims to inspire young people to think about horticulture in different ways, to build their skills and to gain insight into a wide range of exciting careers – from plant science and design to gardening and journalism – in an industry that currently faces a skills shortage.

Visit schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/GreenPlanIt for further details

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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