Gardening Education

RHS School Gardening Campaign Rocket Science  Blast Off  From Russia with British Astronaut  Tim Peake 

Rocket Science Results are in from 600,000 children that became space biologists for the experiment .     Catch up with  Results on RHS web site Schools and Children  

Rocket Science is an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening in partnership with the UK Space Agency.   It is just one project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station  December 15 2016

2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the ISS on the 2nd September 2015 and were  returned to earth with Scott Kelly in March 2016.

The 2016 project gave up to 10,000 +schools the chance to take part in a UK-wide science experiment planting seeds which have been to space and back.  Food for thought for young inquisitive minds on how to produce food to sustain human life on another planet.  Who knows what the future holds?

Tim Peake said before launch  “It’s a huge privilege to the the first British ESA astronaut flying to the International Space Station. During my six-month tour I’ll be conducting a number of experiments and I hope that Rocket Science will inspire the next generation to think scientifically, and to consider careers in science and technology”.

Registrations for Rocket Science  at the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website

Editors note .This is exciting mega science in action with  Tim Peake the British Astronaut  who had a successful research trip into space .He has a lot of work to do and so will the 10,000 RHS  participating schools with the seed planting when the 2 kg of seeds now returned  to earth  March 2o16

RHS Rocket Science 

This very important campaign is a major new project to encourage young people to develop scientific skills, learning to care for plants and being more aware of the environment.

The RHS will be working with space agency partners and be actively engaged with growing plants and gardening with up to 10,000 schools involved in planting seeds that have been up to space and back.  The idea is to learn how we can attempt to sustain human life in space by producing food.  The  RHS hope this will bring a new and exciting perspective on science and horticulture to thousands of children by establishing outside classrooms where they can learn how to grow fruit and vegetables by working in a team, learning to work and cooperate together.

Are school children getting disconnected from nature with little knowledge of plants and the natural world in particular?  Have new technologies  and lifestyle changes affected health and happiness?

There is economically a growing national skills shortage in the Horticulture industry and this will be covered in the Careers section under  Grow Careers from the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. 

There is much to look forward to in this Education section and we look forward to lots of exiting on-going information on this superb campaign from the RHS School gardening campaign team – how they are going about it and how its progressing!

For more information visit the website at www.rhscampaignforschoolgardening

Editors  note.  This  is an enormously important national approach by the RHS to schools to introduce  planting and growing by our youngsters.  I’m really fascinated by the potential of children growing and monitoring seeds that have been up in to space.  As a recently retired science teacher now  garden writer and very keen gardener this is great stuff and very exciting for us all.

 RHS Courses 

Latest Educational Opportunities and Projects 

The RHS is the  well-known and well-respected leading UK organisation recognised by gardeners all over the country – but it is also an organisation that wants to do more to maintain our green and pleasant land by encouraging youngsters to take an interest in horticultural and the different skills it can provide.(See Rocket Science on Home page and Schools and Colleges page  )

See what they write below – might you or someone you know be interested in one of their training courses?  – Ed.

Training opportunities provided by the Royal Horticultural Society

For more than 210 years the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has been the force behind the nation’s gardening.  In a rapidly changing world, they  recognise our need to further develop and invest in education to safeguard horticultural skills for the future.  The RHS  vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

The Campaign for School Gardening

The RHS  have over 20,000 registered members, representing more than 4.5 million children across the UK.  They support our schools at national level through our website, online resources and national teacher training programmes.  This  work with schools demonstrates that  the direct benefits of gardening for children are wide-ranging and can have a transformational effect on both the children and their environment.  For more information about the RHS Campaign for School Gardening go to

Campaign for School Gardening Training Courses

School Gardening Training Courses are offered as full or half day courses at inspiring venues throughout the UK.  Suitable for anyone involved in teaching children and young people to garden.  They provide participants with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to create horticultural learning experiences which will benefit the children, the school and the local community.

School Visits to RHS Gardens

The RHS offers an exciting programme of workshops for schools at each of its four gardens.  For more information go to the Education and Learning section of the RHS website at

RHS Garden Courses and Workshops

The four RHS gardens offer a wide range of courses and workshops in inspire your experience and knowledge of plants and gardens.  These contain a vast number of skills from pruning and propagation to art and photography.  For more information go to the course section of the RHS website at or email