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RHS Search for Local Groups and Schools

to Take Part in Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019
by RHS
December 23, 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.

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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