RHS Budding Gardeners FAQ 1259 by nB9v89

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									RHS Budding
Gardeners Competition
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Yorkshire
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon
RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

Displayed Saturday 28 May – Sunday 5 June 2011
What is the competition all about?

The Budding Gardener’s Competition began at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in
2009, but has now been extended to all four RHS Gardens for the third year running.
It is an opportunity for school pupils to showcase their love of gardening and
imaginative ideas to RHS members and visitors during May Half Term (30 May – 3
June).

Who can take part?

Schools signed up for the Campaign for School Gardening are eligible to apply. If you
are not registered yet, it’s easy to join and there are no criteria – just visit
www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening to find out more.

Each school will need to be able to plant their design on Friday 27 May at their most
local RHS Garden.

How do we take part?

Schools can apply for a 1m x 1m pallet garden by completing the application form
and returning it by 18 March 2011. At this stage it would be helpful to have details
about your design, which could include a drawing (although not essential). The pallet
gardens will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The RHS will contact the
nominated school key contact (as completed on the application form) to confirm that
your application has been successful. Details will then follow regarding where to go
on the set up day (27 May 2011).

What benefits are there for schools taking part?

Aside from providing a fun activity for pupils and showcasing your school’s green
credentials to over 20,000 RHS Garden visitors, benefits include:

   -   Free entry to your local RHS Garden for all pupils (with accompanying paying
       adult) at participating schools, valid for May Half Term 2011.
   -   The chance to win an overall prize for your school if your garden is awarded
       ‘Best in Show’ by our Guest Judge.
   -   Each school that takes part will receive a certificate. With additional
       recognition being given to schools for categories such as most colourful and
       most original.
   -   Opportunities to take part in PR activity with the RHS to promote your school.

What do you need to do to enter?

If you want to take part, we recommend the following:

   -   Consider what your perfect 1m x 1m pallet garden would look like. Perhaps
       pupils could each design their dream plot from which the Head Teacher would
       then select a winning design.
   -   Complete the Application Form and return it by 18 March 2011 to be
       included. Remember, pallet gardens are limited and we may not be able to
       invite all schools who apply to take part in 2011.
   -   Set a budget to pay for your plants and garden accessories.
   -   Ensure that the plants for your garden can be grown in time for the set-up
       (Friday 27 May) and display period (28 May – 5 June).

You can be as creative as you wish, but extra credit may be awarded to gardens with
environmental credentials.

Deadline for all pallet garden applications – 18 March 2011

What is provided by the RHS?

A bottomless pallet is provided and will already be in position for each school to fill
with their design on the day of the build. Compost for your garden will also be
provided by the RHS. A label for each garden will be produced with the information
supplied on your school’s application form.

When do the gardens get installed?

You will need to ensure that your school can install the garden on Friday 27 May
2011. On submission of a successful application form, you will receive details on
what time to arrive and where you need to go with your vehicle.

When will the gardens be dismantled?

Schools will need to collect any plants or other content that they wish to keep from
their pallet garden on Monday 6 June 2011 by 2pm. Those that are not collected will
be dismantled by the RHS and composted / recycled.

How do I complete the application form?

The information and a downloadable application form can be found on the Campaign
for School Gardening website in the teacher’s area –
www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening

You can return the application form by attaching it to an email and sending it to the
Event Manager at your local RHS Garden:

RHS Garden Harlow Carr – deborahellis@rhs.org.uk
RHS Garden Hyde Hall – hydehalleducation@rhs.org.uk
RHS Garden Rosemoor – sarahchesters@rhs.org.uk
RHS Garden Wisley – rebeccaross@rhs.org.uk
Terms and Conditions:

The judges’ decision is final. We acknowledge that some school half term dates may vary from those of this
competition, but the dates listed are final. Please note that entries will not be returned to school premises and will
need to be collected. If you wish to collect the contents of your entry this can only be done on Monday 6 June 2011
by 2pm. Please note that the pallet remains the property of the RHS. The winning school will be expected to take part
in press activity. Please, therefore, make sure that you have written permission from the parent/guardian for any
children directly involved in designing / planting / setting up the pallet garden.

								
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