RHS People Awards

These awards celebrate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to horticulture and gardening

Pictured, 2019 award recipients


Nominations for the 2022 RHS People Awards are now open and must be submitted by no later than 5pm on Monday 20 September 2021.

Anyone can make a nomination for the RHS People Awards and we would like to hear about people you believe should be recognised for their contribution to horticulture and gardening.

For 2022, a new Community Award category has been introduced. This award is open to anyone in the UK who has made an outstanding contribution to a community gardening programme over a period of time including, community gardens, orchards, urban and rural programmes that bring value to the wider community that they are based in.

The introduction of the new award reflects the importance that we place on community gardening and its growing influence in delivering health and wellbeing and environmental benefits.

Please use the nomination form to submit your application and refer to the criteria and frequently asked questions for further details:

For more information about RHS Awards, please contact secretary@rhs.org.uk or telephone 020 7821 3068.

Winners of the 2021 RHS People Awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 6 September 2021.


The Victoria Medal of Honour

Established in 1897, with the assent of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) may be awarded to British horticulturists deserving of special honour by the Society. Only 63 medals may be held at any one time, in recognition of the duration in years of Queen Victoria’s reign.

In 2020 the VMH was awarded to Christopher Bailes, Jim Gardiner and Jim (James) McColl MBE.

Associate of Honour

Established in 1930, the Associate of Honour is conferred on persons of British nationality who have rendered distinguished service to the practice of horticulture during the course of their working life. The number of Associates of Honour may not exceed 100 at any one time (excluding those Associates who also hold the Victoria Medal of Honour).

In 2020 the Associate of Honour was awarded to Christopher Brookes, Peter Sandwell and Keith Wiley.

The Veitch Memorial Medal

The Veitch Memorial Medal is awarded annually to persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.

In 2020 the Veitch Memorial Medal was awarded to John Anderson, Owen Johnson, Rosie Peddle, Derek Spicer and Ian Young.

The Harlow Carr Medal

The Harlow Carr Medal is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to horticulture in the North of England, through the length of service, commitment to projects or capabilities, combined with reliability and professionalism.

In 2020 the Harlow Carr Medal was awarded to David Rose.

Roy Lancaster Award

The Roy Lancaster Award is awarded to individuals under 35 (on the date of nomination) who have achieved an exceptional contribution to the practice, science or promotion of horticulture.
In 2020 the Roy Lancaster Award was awarded to Harry Baldwin.

See a list of other awards

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