23 Mar 2016

Askham Bryan College wins the 2016 Young Gardeners of the Year Award at this year’s Ideal Home Show

Askham Bryan College has been crowned the 2016 ‘Young Gardeners of the Year,’ announced in line with the launch of the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Zoopla, running for its 108th year.

Askham_Bryan_380_254The annual awards, which are organised by TV gardener David Domoney in association with The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, celebrates young ‘green’ talent with stunning show gardens.

Students from six of the UK’s leading horticultural colleges go head-to-head to create a show stopping sustainable garden at the Ideal Home Show, built in just six days! The gardens are then judged by a panel of industry experts, and students from the winning college are crowned the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016.

The Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year competition offer students a great opportunity to showcase their work and celebrate the best of sustainable British gardening. The competition, now in its sixth year, has given over 500 students the chance to create show gardens before they even leave the college gates.

Each college was given a 5.5m x 4m plot to both plan and design a garden that demonstrated an understanding of harmony and sustainability. The show gardens are meant to inspire city dwellers, showing all that can be achieved in urban locations. They create a sense of tranquillity and sustainability for homeowners to act as an escape from the pressures of inner city life and bring a touch of nature to the heart of the metropolis.

The show gardens will inspire visitors to the Ideal Home Show with clever ideas they can try at home and this year David has actively encouraged diversity of design, promoting smart use of features such as lighting.

The six year relationship with The Prince’s Foundation has also helped the competition to encourage young gardeners to think about how to use garden design as an education tool, promoting sustainability and connections with nature. This year in particular, The Prince’s Foundation has added an educational element to the brief, asking the young gardeners to think of ways to make their designs educational and allow other young people to reconnect with nature.

The six incredible gardens will be seen by a quarter of a million visitors at the Ideal Home Show.

The 2016 awards are as follows:

Askham Bryan College won Best in Show and a Gold Medal.
Pershore College were awarded a Gold medal.
Chichester College were awarded Silver Gilt.
Capel Manor, Writtle College and Shuttleworth were awarded Silver medals.

The 2016 participating colleges were:

Chichester College, Sussex (2012, 2013 & 2014 Champions)
Capel Manor, Middlesex (2011 Champions)
Askham Bryan College, North Yorkshire
Pershore College, Part of the Warwickshire College Group
Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire
Writtle College, Essex (2015 Champions)

The judging panel included leading lights of the horticultural, design and media industries, including TV Gardener Alan Titchmarsh, and Simon Sadinsky from The Prince's Foundation for Building Community and Carol Paris, Chief Executive of the Horticultural Trades Association, Deborah Stone, former Chairman of the Garden Media Guild.

Judges described Askham Bryan College’s winning show garden as a breathtaking example how using woodland and contemporary design can come together in harmony.

And the awards are not over yet! Visitors to the Ideal Home Show can vote for their favourite garden to win the coveted People’s Choice award. Tokens are provided by the gardens for members of the public to vote.

David Domoney, organiser of the competition, said: "I’m immensely proud to see these incredible show gardens created by these young garden designers and landscape stars of the future. The careful planning, hard work and effort that goes into each of the show gardens is truly inspiring, and Askham Bryan College's garden highlighted to the public just what can be achieved in such a small urban space." 

Simon Sadinsky, Head of Education at The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, said: “Nurturing the talent of future generations is important to The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. We are delighted by the talent on display this year and want to congratulate Askham Bryan College for their win. Hopefully it will inspire many more people to think about nature, even in the shape of the simplest back garden, can teach us”.

Carol Paris, Chief Executive of the Horticultural Trades Association said: “Standard of the gardens this year is the highest ever and show the wealth of British new talent in the garden industry today.”

With thanks to our suppliers for supporting the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016:

Askham Bryan College: Green-Tech, Natural Paving and Hortus Loci.

Capel Manor College:  Bradstone, Green-Tech, Grange Fencing, Lovania Nurseries and Protek Wood Stain.

Chichester College: Green-Tech, Hartman, Bradstone, Lovania Nurseries, Osborne and Architectural Plants.

Pershore College: Green-Tech, Bradstone and Gardman.

Shuttleworth College:  Green-Tech, Bradstone, Rusty Gear, The Living Bar Co, Outdoor Living UK, Digby Stone and The Moroccan Encaustic Tile Co.

Writtle College:  Oak View Landscapes, Hartman, Green-Tech, Global Stone, Harrowden Turf, Lower Barn Landscaping and Building, Collier and Catchpole, Vincent Timber, Scotscape Landscaping Ltd, Oliver’s Plants and Protek Wood Stain.

The Ideal Home Show London will run until 3rd April 2016 at London Olympia.  Tickets can be booked online via