STUDENTS from Pershore College have been given the opportunity to enter a prestigious gardening competition for the first time.
Horticultural enthusiasts will be able to compete to win The Young Gardener of the Year Awards at the Ideal Home Show next year in London.
The annual competition, now in its fifth year, is organised by former Pershore College student and TV gardener David Domoney in association with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.
The competition celebrates young ‘green’ talent and sees six of the UK’s leading horticultural colleges go head-to-head to create a show-stopping sustainable garden that will be visited by thousands of visitors at the Ideal Home Show.
Show gardens will be judged by an expert panel, which includes horticultural industry leaders, home and garden magazine editors and acclaimed garden designers. Entrants will compete to win the gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze award.
The overall winner will receive the Best in Show award and visitors will be able to vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award.
Tamsin Jones, interim principal at Pershore College, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be part of this competition, which gives our students a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity and talent to both industry experts and visitors to the
Ideal Home Show.
“There is going to be a lot of hard work involved, but it’s the first time we’ve been part of this competition so our students are really excited – it’s going to be a fantastic experience for them.”
The students at Pershore College will be asked to submit their garden designs before the beginning of February, when they will then have one week to build and plant their garden inside Kensington Olympia ready for the Ideal Home Show opening day on the 20th March 2015. Each garden will then be judged at the show by the esteemed panel of ambassadors and curators
David Domoney added: “Now in our fifth year, we will have given over 250 students the opportunity to create show gardens at a national show before they even leave the college gates.”