Enabling the RHS to grow its education programme at Wisley

The construction of the new building is fully underway

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the UK’s largest gardening charity dedicated to enriching everyone’s lives through plants and making the UK a greener and more beautiful place. Support from The Mohn Westlake Foundation will enable the RHS to grow its educational programme at its flagship garden, RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

At a glance…

  • RHS Wisley currently welcomes over 1 million visitors a year. This figure is expected to increase to 1.5 million by 2024/25.
  • The number of free school visits to Wisley will increase from 17,000 to 21,500 per year, comprising at least 18,000 primary and 3,500 secondary school visits per annum.

The RHS, which aims to support young people’s health and wellbeing, and inspire a new generation of gardeners and horticultural scientists, is creating a new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at Wisley. This will transform its learning facilities and internationally important scientific research, helping to find solutions for current social and environmental challenges affecting the planet.

Support from the Foundation will create two state-of-the-art learning studios within the new centre. The studios will be fully accessible, equipped with the latest technology and directly connected to a dedicated teaching garden designed and built to maximise teaching opportunities. These new studios will enable us to significantly increase our capacity to engage with young people, especially those children aged 11+.

Construction of the Centre began in March 2019, and is due to be completed in the autumn of 2020.


Architect’s visualisations of the learning studios © WilkinsonEyre

For more information about the Royal Horticultural Society and this project, please visit their website: www.rhs.org.uk

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