Our benefits

Listed below are the benefits that the RHS offers to our employees. Please note that terms and conditions will apply. 

Shows and gardens

You can visit the world-acclaimed RHS Flower Shows and Gardens for free and are also given complimentary tickets for friends and family.

Annual leave

We offer 25 days annual leave per annum plus Bank Holidays. After three years' service you will receive an extra three days annual leave, and after 10 years service a further two days annual leave. We appreciate that some years you might want to add an extra week of leave for something special or would like to ‘cash in’ a week, so we offer a buy and sell annual leave option too.

Employee discount

All employees are eligible for a 20% discount at all RHS shops and plant centres, which is handy if you are in need of a fantastic cup of coffee or a special greetings card and gift. There is discount offered in our food outlets too.

Horticultural advice

Employees have access to free horticultural advice from our experts in the RHS Advisory Service, so if you want to find out what sort of apples are growing in your garden or when to plant bulbs, you know where to go.

The Garden

Our employees receive a free copy of our acclaimed horticultural magazine The Garden
on a monthly basis.

Seed distribution

You are entitled to 12 free packets of seed each year to help brighten up your garden at home.

Free access to RHS libraries

You will have access to the RHS libraries and can borrow books (both horticultural and non-horticultural).

Life assurance

The RHS understands the importance of life assurance and therefore provides this at three times your salary.


The RHS provides a Group Pension Plan, which you are able to join from your start date. All eligible staff will be automatically enrolled into the RHS Group Pension Plan after completion of three months' service.

Childcare vouchers

We recognise the increasing costs of childcare and therefore give you the option to purchase childcare vouchers so that you can take advantage of tax and National Insurance incentives. This is the equivalent to a saving of up to £933 per annum.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Our employees can access a free confidential and independent telephone information and counselling service designed to provide appropriate support for employees (and their families) experiencing personal and work-based problems. Employees may also have up to five face-to-face counselling sessions.

Sponsorship for external studies

The RHS seeks to encourage your personal and professional development by providing learning and development that ensures employees have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their jobs. As part of this commitment, applications are considered from employees wishing to study for qualifications or certificates while in employment by the RHS.

Season ticket loan

You may request an interest-free loan to cover the cost of a travel season ticket. This is to save you money and because we understand that it is not always possible to pay for something so costly in one instalment.

Bicycle Purchase Scheme

A loan scheme is available for you to buy a bicycle (for the purposes of getting to and from work), taking advantage of tax incentives.

Professional subscriptions

Professional subscriptions that are essential to help you carry out your job may be paid by the RHS.

RHS Membership

I enjoy a refreshing walk… my membership gives me free family days out as often as I like.

Mrs Giddings, RHS member

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.