22 Jan 2016

Young Horticulturist of the Year Heats

ABC young horticulturalistCompetition was high at Askham Bryan College this week as students took part in heats to represent the College in the national Young Horticulturist of the Year contest.

The competition is open to any horticulturist, living in the UK or Ireland and who is below the age of 30 on 31 July 2016, including all those employed in horticulture or anyone currently studying for a horticultural qualification. Fifty students from around the College, including horticulturists, landscapers, countryside managers and arborists, battled through the forty challenging questions in a tense lunchtime battle to see who was the best of the best.

A prestigious annual competition, the Young Horticulturist of the Year contest attracts over 2000 entrants each year, with the winner receiving the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, worth £2,500, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. This funds a horticultural trip anywhere in the world. There are prizes at every stage of the competition which is run in three phases: local heats, Regional Finals and the Grand Final.

Last year’s College finalist, Danny Green, came third and last years’ second place Lauren Maslin repeated her position. Harry Johnston-Firth, studying RHS Practical and Principles programmes, pipped Lauren to the post by one mark and will represent the College at the regional final at Shipley College in March.

The College also opened up the competition to twenty mature students, who answered the same questions in their own quiz. Caroline Harding (RHS Level 2) came first, followed by Dave Lancaster (Level 3) and Elizabeth Walker (RHS Level 2). They won a pair of Fiskars Professional Work Gloves.