RHS Green Plan It Challenge - South Wales


Below is an email I received from the RHS.  Is anyone interested in becoming a Mentor for one of these Schools?  Please take a look at the attachment to see what is involved.

However before responding to the RHS and completing the Mentor Application form would you please respond to me so we can co-ordinate who would mentor which school, just in case there is more than one person interested for each school.   The Mentor Role Description document is below.  Any problems following the link please email me.

I notice that the Mentor training day is July/August so if I could have a response by Monday 31 July if you are interested.

Thank you


Link to the Mentor Role Description

Dear Jim and Linda,

Emily at Vincent Square has passed on your contact details. I manage the RHS’ Community Outreach team in the South.

We are running a secondary school design challenge this year, The Green Plan It Challenge,  from the Bristol Botanic Gardens. We have invited schools to sign up and have 3 interested schools in South Wales: in Penarth, Llantrisant and Neath. As part of the project schools are matched with a horticultural industry mentor who attends the launch and celebration events in Bristol with them and visits them at their school.

Mentors have come from a range of horticultural businesses and professions, from garden centres, nurseries, landscape architects, garden designers etc. The most important thing is that they want to inspire the next generation to get excited about plants and green spaces.

We are looking for mentors to support the Welsh schools and feel it would be easier for the mentor if they were based near the schools. I wondered if you were able to suggest anyone or any networks we might communicate through to get the word out there? Any support / guidance you can offer would be enormously appreciated.

There is some more information about the project  below and a mentor role description attached.

Best of luck with the judging tour!

Kind Regards,


Brid O’Dwyer
Community Outreach Manager – South & East

Royal Horticultural Society


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The RHS Green Plan It Challenge is back in 2017.

What is it?

The Green Plan It Challenge is a ten week challenge in the Autumn term for Year 8 and 9 students to imagine and design their own garden for either their school or their community.

Students will be paired with an inspiring industry mentor who will help guide them through the Challenge, providing tips and knowledge from their own personal experience. Together they will make a model of their chosen garden and present it at a big celebration event, competing against other local regional schools.

Inspiring venue

Teams that take part in this year’s Challenge will visit the stunning University of Bristol Botanic Garden for the launch day and celebration day. The garden is home to a huge diversity of plants from the big and beautiful to the strange and exotic, providing the perfect inspiration for school teams as they begin to consider how gardens and green spaces can be of great importance to people and wildlife alike.

The launch day will take place on Thursday 28th September where students and mentors will meet and be given their design brief. The celebration day will take place on Thursday 7th December where teams will have their design and model assessed and have the chance to see designs by other local schools.

For more information and to register head to https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/GreenPlanIt

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