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Applications are now open for 2021
Closing date for applications – 31 December 2020


About the programme

Successful candidates will have their own plot at RHS Garden Wisley to tend for almost a year, from March to January, in order to grow and enjoy both summer and winter crops. They will receive an allotment master class each month, supported by weekly question-and-answer sessions on a Tuesday afternoon with the RHS team, and 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 students will be provided with tools to use while on site. Students 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 master class sessions.

How to apply

To apply please write a brief personal background (approx. 50 words), state why you would like a beginners vegetable plot at Wisley (approx. 50 words), and indicate what you will do with your new knowledge (approx. 100 words).

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

By post: Barney Millard, Horticultural Educator, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

By email: barneymillard@rhs.org.uk

Applications close on 31 December 2020 – interviews will be held in the new year, with the programme starting in late February 2021. We look forward to hearing from you.


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