Education and Community Outreach

Encourage local communities and inspire the next generation of plant lovers and horticultural experts to begin their gardening journey

Bringing gardening to everyone

At the RHS our mission is to be there for everyone on their lifelong adventure with gardening. We lead the way in running learning programmes towards professional horticultural qualifications. We also reach out and inspire people who may never have thought about or had the opportunity to experience gardens and gardening before.

In these teams you could be helping aspiring gardening professionals launch their careers in horticulture, motivating youngsters to start their gardening journey, or opening people’s eyes to the environmental, economic and health benefits of horticulture. Join us and you’ll help to bring the joy of gardening to a variety of new audiences.

Working in community and outreach at the RHS

Learn about working in the RHS Community and Outreach teams and why it could be the job for you.


“The beauty of outreach is there isn’t a typical working day – no two days are the same. My day-to-day role, I guess, is inspiring people through plants.”

Sarah-Jane, Community Outreach Advisor

Our Education and Community Outreach teams


Our 45-strong Education team works with around 100 professional associates to deliver education programmes to 60,000 people a year. Join us and you’ll be helping to get people growing and started on their horticultural journey. You may be delivering learning or assessing achievements. You could be involved in developing or updating our educational programmes to include the latest scientific and horticultural data or you might be looking at ways to encourage new audiences of talented people to think about a career in horticulture.

Community Outreach

The 50-plus people in our Community Outreach team get involved in a range of activities to give people more access to gardening. Join us and you could help to build partnerships with government departments, national charities, schools, community groups and businesses. You might be developing grants programmes, campaigns or competitions that inspire people to grow. We work with over half of all UK schools and you could be supporting them by sharing your horticultural knowledge. Or helping to design support programmes and measuring the difference they make.

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What you could be working on

We get involved in so many different things, that you could be working on all kinds of projects.
Only at the RHS could you:

  • Work with scientists to include the latest sustainability and scientific data in new learning programmes
  • Partner with the NHS or the Prison Service to promote the physical and mental health benefits of gardening
  • Form partnerships with charities such as The Wildlife Trust, the Council for Disabled Children and Froglife
  • Work with renowned garden designer Adam Frost to develop new urban hubs and gardens
  • Inspire schoolchildren to create more biodiversity in school grounds, in partnership with the Department for Education and the Natural History Museum
  • Launch nationwide campaigns and partnerships, such as The One Show competition

  • Work with our libraries team on a Gardens of the Imagination project
  • Find greening solutions for children and young people, working with RHS Science
  • Work with the Shows teams to create community show gardens for RHS Flower Shows that are repurposed in communities and schools
  • Help create campaigns that reach 50% of all UK schools
  • Support charities across the UK through Britain in Bloom, running events and a grassroots community programme

Get involved

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.