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RHS licensee Scholastic UK reveals children’s gardening competition

The nationwide competition celebrates the first joint RHS/Scholastic UK titles for young readers.

The Royal Horticultural Society and Scholastic UK are set to grow a new generation of readers.

Scholastic UK has launched a programme of entertaining, informative and beautifully illustrated activity books for children aged 7-12, encouraging readers to explore and enjoy nature outdoors. Inspired by the RHS gardens, the range of illustrated books is pitched as a great introduction to the wonders of wildlife and the joys of gardening.

The first three titles launched in the spring and include The Outdoor Adventure Handbook, which looks at discovering plants and wildlife and getting closer to nature, with activities for all weathers. Further books will follow in autumn 2021 and beyond.

To celebrate the launch of the first RHS/Scholastic titles for children, Scholastic UK has also launched a nationwide gardening competition. The competition – which started in June and runs for four months – has a special theme with Scholastic encouraging children to create their very own unique garden design.

All sizes of garden are eligible, ranging from a miniature garden in a tray or a garden pot to a space in a back garden, community garden or allotment.

The competition runs until 30 September 2021 and is open to all children aged 7 to 12. The judges will include gardeners from the RHS.

The first prize includes a VIP guided tour of RHS Garden Wisley, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science. The prize winner will also receive a full set of RHS/Scholastic publishing and a selection of RHS licensed products to encourage his or her future gardening efforts.

“We hope as many young people as possible will take on this design challenge and think creatively about designing a garden to suit their space at home – no matter the size of the space they have or whether it is indoors or outside,” commented Cathy Snow, licensing manager at the RHS.

Elizabeth Scoggins, publisher non-fiction, brands and licensing at Scholastic UK, added: “Gardens and gardening have been more important than ever to our wellbeing in recent months and few gardens are as well-loved as the five RHS gardens that are among this country’s greatest horticultural achievements.

“They have been an ideal inspiration both for our new range of books and for this competition, which will, we believe, attract and delight children all over the UK.”

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