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 – firstname.lastname@example.org RHS Garden Hyde Hall – email@example.com RHS Garden Rosemoor – firstname.lastname@example.org RHS Garden Wisley – email@example.com 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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