RHS Search for Space Enthusiasts to Create Scarecrows for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Monday 18 January 2016

Schools needed from across London and South East England

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is searching for pre-schools and primary schools in London and South East England to design space-themed scarecrows for a cosmic display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 5 – 10 July 2016.

The shortlisted schools will be asked to build their scarecrow designs which will be judged at the show. To enter, schools must be registered with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, and in year six or below.

The lucky winners will receive £200 worth of gardening vouchers, with second and third placed schools receiving £150 and £50 worth of gardening vouchers. The deadline for entries is 18 March 2016.

The schools are challenged to use plants and recycled materials to create their space scarecrows. Children can let their imaginations run wild, taking inspiration from all things space, from Mars exploration to British astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission.

To enter and to sign up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, schools should visit the website: schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk        

Gemma Lake, Deputy Show Manager for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, said: “This is a fantastic way for children to get involved in the show and help showcase the wonderful work that the RHS Campaign for School Gardening does to enthuse children about horticulture.

“The scarecrow competition is an incredibly popular feature at the show and I’m really looking forward to seeing the imaginative ideas the children come up with this year.”

The inspiration for the ‘space’ theme comes from the historic RHS and UK Space Agency education initiative Rocket Science. The initiative will give up to 10,000 schools the chance to become space biologists by growing rocket seeds that have been orbiting the Earth as part of British astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month mission on the International Space Station.

Schools can find out more about Rocket Science and register to take part here: schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/Rocket-Science-Application-Form     

For more information please contact Siobhán MacMahon on 020 7821 3043 or siobhanmacmahon@rhs.org.uk



Notes to editors

About the RHS Campaign for School Gardening
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening, actively involves more than 22,000 schools across the UK in growing and gardening. Children are taught about plants and gardening and their environment. Through gardening they learn about healthy fruit and vegetables, wildlife and important life skills such as teamwork, social skills and co-operation. Using an outdoor classroom where children can learn in a fun, engaging way provides huge benefits. Information, lesson plans and advice for schools is provided online and is backed up by support from the RHS Education team and RHS Campaign for School Gardening Regional Advisors. Schools and youth organisations can sign up to RHS Campaign for School Gardening online: schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk  

About RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (5 – 10 July 2016)
(4 July Preview Evening, 5 – 10.30pm)
5 June – 6 July RHS members only
7 – 10 July RHS members and non-members
5 June – 9 July 10am – 7.30pm
10 July 10am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4.30pm)

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Tickets: 020 7649 1885 or www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt

RHS show information: www.rhs.org.uk/shows

Ticket prices range from £14 to £38
Each full-paying adult may bring two children aged 16 and under free of charge to the show

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Preview Evening,
Monday 4 July 2016, 5 – 10.30pm

Tickets start at just £58 for RHS members (£68 for non-members). Visit www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourtpreview  for more information or call 020 3176 5850.

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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