STUDENTS from Pershore College returned from the capital with a gold medal after winning in the Young Gardener of the Year Awards at the Ideal Home Show.
The horticulture students scooped the prestigious gold for their spectacular urban retreat garden called ‘Go with the Flow’ which won on the basis of demonstrating an understanding of harmony and sustainability.
The annual competition now in its fifth year, was organised by former Pershore College student David Domoney in association with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and celebrated the young horticulture talent with six judges, including Alan Titchmarsh choosing Pershore’s entry the outright winner.
Horticulture student, Ben Link said: “It felt amazing when we heard we had won gold, we’ve been working on the project for months and put a lot of work in so it all paid off.
“We’ve learnt so much too, especially working together as a team and dealing with challenges, and we got to network with students from the other colleges to get an insight into their gardens as well, so it’s been great experience all round.”
Interim principal at Pershore College, Tamsin Jones said: “We are so proud of the students, they really deserved the gold medal and the garden is absolutely stunning, it’s fantastic that it will be seen by so many visitors at the Ideal Home Show over the next two weeks.
“The judges all said they were blown away by the standard this year, so it looks like the future of horticulture is very bright in Pershore.”
The students had one week to build and plant their garden inside Kensington Olympia ready for the Ideal Home Show which opened on Friday (March 20), and their garden will stay on display throughout the show where visitors can vote for their favourite to be the winner of the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on the last day of the show on Monday (April 6).
Visit www.daviddomoney.com/appearances/young-gardeners-of-the-year/pershore-college-2015 to view the student’s design and find more on the garden.