Hull School Shortlisted for Top Royal Horticultural Society Award

Newland School for Girls Group Vying to be Named RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2017


15 green-fingered pupils from Hull are in the running to be named the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) School Gardening Team of the Year 2017, supported by Gabriel Ash.

The youngsters, who are aged from 11- 16 and from Newland School for Girls, are competing to win the prestigious national award which is designed to identify an outstanding school gardening team that has gone the extra mile to share their passion for gardening.

They are up against three other teams from London, Oxfordshire and Falkirk who have also been shortlisted. The winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in July.

Carina Wood, Second Directorate in Science at the school, explained why she nominated the team for the coveted award: “Our gardening group is made up of students from very different backgrounds. We use gardening as a way of being able to share experiences and bridge divides. All the students have come together through their love of gardening to create something that enhances the environment at the school for everyone.

“At the start of the academic year, we had a very run down Victorian greenhouse which had become a storage house for old bits of equipment and exam papers. With a non-existent budget the team has managed to bring a neglected area of the school flooding back to life.

“We are an enterprising group. The girls have decided to create hampers with the produce they grow which will be raffled off to raise funds for the gardening club next year. Our school chef will be involved in making use of the organic food that we produce and use it in the school cafe.

“We are learning not only horticultural skills – the students can see the health and wellbeing benefits of being surrounded by plants and the wealth of opportunities that they bring.”

In June, a panel of gardening experts including BBC Gardeners’ World and ITV’s Love Your Garden presenter Frances Tophill will judge the entries and pick the winner.

As part of the judging process, Newland School for Girls and the other finalists will create a five-minute video showcasing their love for gardening and excellent teamwork. The film will include supportive statements from teachers and fellow pupils about why the school deserves to win. The team will receive a digital camera to make their short film which they can keep. To mark the team’s progress to the final they will be presented with a specially engraved hand trowel, a set of gardening gloves and £250 worth of National Garden Gift vouchers.

Should they win the overall title and be crowned RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2017, they will win a Gabriel Ash Classic ‘Eight’ cedar greenhouse worth £3,425 for the school. The winning team will also receive an extra £250 in National Garden Gift Vouchers and a celebrity gardener will spend a day at the school.

The three finalist teams who are not selected as the winners will each receive a Gabriel Ash Upright Coldframe worth £699 for their school.

The school gardening contest also includes categories to identify a Young School Gardener and School Gardening Champion of the Year.