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Applications are now open

The closing date for applications is 14 February 2021


About the programme

Successful candidates will have their own plot at RHS Garden Wisley to tend for almost a year, from April to January, in order to grow and enjoy both summer and winter crops. They will receive an allotment masterclass each month, supported by weekly question and answer sessions on a Tuesday afternoon with the RHS team, and they’ll get to take home armfuls of allotment-grown produce to enjoy.

This is a wonderful opportunity for novice growers to learn the art of ‘allotmenteering’ under the expert guidance of the RHS team. We are delighted to offer this programme and hope those who take part will use their new knowledge to inspire others to grow in their communities.

‘As well as potatoes, onions, sweetcorn, squash and other yummy crops, participants also grow things they can’t eat – confidence, knowledge and some great friendships.’

The cost to participate is £85, which covers the cost of gardening boots, gloves and seeds. All participants will be provided with tools to use while on site. Participants will have access to their plots each day (during garden opening times only) and should be able to commit to regularly tend and water their plots, and attend the monthly masterclass sessions. There will be strict Covid-19 safety protocols in place and participants must adhere to these at all times.

How to apply

To apply, please write a brief personal background (approx. 50 words). Let us know why you would like a beginners’ vegetable plot at Wisley (approx. 50 words). Indicate what you will do with the knowledge you acquire (approx. 100 words).

Please include your postal address, email address and a contact telephone number.

By email: adultlearning@rhs.org.uk

Applications close on 14 February 2021. Phone interviews will be held soon after, and the programme starts in early April. We look forward to hearing from you.


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