Join the Schools Bug Barrels challenge

Children’s groups are invited to design and plant an up-cycled oil drum at RHS Hampton Court

Over the past 50 years, over two thirds of the UK’s insect, bird, mammal and amphibian population has been lost. This has had a dramatic effect on our biodiversity. 

Everyone can play their part in encouraging wildlife into their garden and RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival needs your help to educate our visitors on the importance of developing and sustaining healthy ecosystems in our gardens and outdoor spaces in order to protect the UK’s biodiversity!

Wildlife barrelWe are looking for children (up to 16 years) from schools, youth and community groups to create a Schools Bug Barrel for show at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2023. Designs should be creative, fun, and support and encourage biodiversity.

 Children’s involvement at our shows is in conjunction with RHS Campaign for School Gardening. To be eligible to enter, applicants must be registered with RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Registration is quick, easy and free.
Recycled 'bee bottle'
Entries are encouraged to be horticulturally correct (right plant, right place), too. For example, if you design your barrel for pollinators, think about type of wildlife you want to support, as this will help you choose what plants to use. 

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Applications for the Schools Bug Barrels challenge close on March 3rd.


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