Prince of Wales Trophy

The Prince of Wales Perpetual Challenge Trophy is awarded each year to a horticultural student who, in the eyes of the judges, demonstrates their commitment to sustainable (which could include organic) horticultural practices. Under the patronage of HRH Prince Charles, Liveryman, since 1999 the award has been organised annually by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, a leading London Livery Company.

Who can enter?

The prize is open to anyone studying horticulture on undergraduate/post-graduate programmes or level 3 courses.

Students will be able to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable horticulture. Shortlisting will take account of each applicant’s knowledge and experience in this area.

The £500 prize and the trophy

The winner will receive a cheque for £500 and a certificate, signed by HRH The Prince of Wales. You will be invited to dine as a guest of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners in the City of London, when you will be presented with the Trophy, your certificate and cheque, and where you will have the opportunity to meet leading members of the horticultural industry. There will (subject to confirmation) be an opportunity to have a short placement with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th places will receive a pair of Niwaki Secateurs.

2020 Prince of Wales Trophy winner, Patricie Zeleznikova, pictured at the Eden project, where she had created a forest garden using sustainable principles. Due to the pandemic, the process of selecting a winner and awarding her the prize moved online. Photo © Tom Trinkle/The Eden Project
2020 Prince of Wales Trophy winner, Patricie Zeleznikova, pictured at the Eden project, where she had created a forest garden using sustainable principles. Due to the pandemic, the process of selecting a winner and awarding her the prize moved online. Photo © Tom Trinkle/The Eden Project

“In view of my practising interest in sustainable gardening and farming I am delighted to have given the trophy to the student who shows the greatest understanding of the theory and techniques of sustainable cultivation. I only hope that many will enter this competition and I wish each and every one of them the best of luck and all possible good fortune for their future career in sustainable horticulture.”

HRH The Prince of Wales

Entering the competition

Entering the competition is easy. You will need to fill in the application form, have it endorsed by your college to confirm you are a current and eligible student, and answer in your own words some questions about your experience in and understanding of sustainable horticulture.

Remember, above all the judges are looking for enthusiasm, ambition and potential, a worthy winner whose CV and career prospects will be enhanced by the award of this prestigious Trophy.

  • Application forms must be completed and returned to The Administrator, HRH The Prince of Wales Trophy, by Friday 9 April 2021 via e-mail to: richard.capewell@btinternet.com
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 21 April 2021 and will be invited to attend interviews in week commencing 3 May 2021. The format and location of the interviews and the presentation will be determined in the light of any pandemic restrictions or advice in place.
  • The winning student and his or her tutor (or similar) will be advised by 31 May 2021 and invited to dine as a guest of the Company on the occasion of the Installation of the Master for the forthcoming year. This will take place on 6 July 2021 in the City of London. (A travel grant will be available on request.) All shortlisted entrants will be invited to join the Alumni Network of Past Prize Winners, through which the Worshipful Company of Gardeners continues to support and encourage those who have won prizes through the provision of occasional information and visits.

The Worshipful Company of Gardeners believes that the future leaders of the horticultural world should not only understand the principles of sustainable development, but should be able to apply them in practice. If you aspire to be at the top of your profession, then this competition is one you should enter and enjoy.

To view the past winners, please visit the Winners Archive.

Prince of Wales Award Application Form

Download the application form