Tuesday 18 December 2018
For amateur gardeners looking for a fresh challenge in the New Year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is searching for pre-schools, primary schools and community groups from Surrey and surrounding area to take part at next year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking (1-7 July), as it reveals two new categories that champion the benefits of gardening within the community.
Students from Hampton Hill Primary School plant flowers in the RHS Growing Community Garden designed by Jon Wheatley at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Introducing the brand new RHS Community Allotments, local gardening groups, horticultural societies and allotment associations are invited to take part in designing and building an allotment-style garden. Inspired by the many projects across the country, the new category celebrates the beauty of being part of a community to create a productive haven that promotes the benefits of growing your own produce.
The raised beds will focus on vegetables and may also include herbs, fruits and flowers, with a special guest judge to award the title of Best Allotment at the show. The category replaces the Fruit and Vegetable Boxes in recognition of growth in community gardening in the local area.
This year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Schools’ Competition will swap scarecrows with homes for wildlife as it looks to raise awareness of the decline in the UK’s insects, birds, mammals and amphibians.
Emphasising the urgent need to support Britain’s wildlife and increase the biodiversity in our gardens, the competition takes on the theme ‘It’s a Wild World’ as local schools create a home for any wildlife that may be found in their garden or nearby park. From bug hotels and bee hives, to bird boxes and hedgehog houses, entries are welcome from pre-schools and primary schools from the South East counties of England*.
Visitors will vote for their favourite wildlife habitat throughout the festival with a penny drop. The design with the most amount of money raised for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening will be crowned the winner, with prizes awarded to the top three.
Gemma Lake, Show Manager for RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, says: “We are thrilled to highlight the importance of gardening within the community. It is wonderful to bring everyone together as we celebrate the work of local groups and schools. Gardening can have a huge impact for both people and places, not only connecting with nature and wildlife but also other people and the community as a whole.
“We are very excited to see everyone’s ideas and we hope that these categories will show that no matter what age or level gardener you area, everyone can get involved to share the benefits of gardening.”
To enter and to sign up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, schools should visit the website: https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/Hampton-Court-Competition
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Event: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019
Venue: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU
Date: 1-7 July 2019
Monday 1 July, Preview Evening: 5pm – 10.30pm
Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6: 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday 7: 10am – 5.30pm
RHS Community Allotment
Deadline for entries is Friday 18 January 2019
Groups can apply here
RHS Schools’ Competition
Deadline for entries is Monday 28 January 2019
Schools can apply here
*Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Greater London, City of London, Surrey and Middlesex. Pre-schools or primary schools must be registered with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening - https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/Hampton-Court-Competition
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
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