Chartered Institute of Horticulture - Young Horticulturist of the Year 2021
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Published on

August 17 2021

The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition, will take place on 4 September 2021.

Read on below to hear what competition organisers, The Chartered Institute of Horticulture had to say about the competition itself, the finalists and plenty more.


On 4 September, eight Regional Finalists will be battling it out to become the 2021 Young Horticulturist of the Year at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE), site Logan Botanic Garden.

Shropshire Horticultural Society, through the Percy Thrower Trust, provides a £2500 travel bursary for the winner and we are extremely grateful to them along with all our sponsors and supporters throughout the competition.

This year’s Finalists are:

  • Eastern - Henrietta Huntley
  • Ireland - Rufina Frel
  • Northern - Cailean Iain Stewart 
  • North West & North Wales - Aidan Hopkinson
  • Scotland - Josh Heath
  • South East - Tim Stafford 
  • South West - Shaun Ward
  • West Midlands & South Wales - David Pearce.

We are delighted that Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE), site Logan Botanic Garden is hosting the Grand Final in their stunning gardens. The last time the Grand Final was held in Scotland was in 2012 at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Victoria George (Competition Chair) said "The YHoY Competition is about more than winning prizes, it is also about learning and making new contacts, so it is fantastic that we have been able to have a live Grand Final again and especially at such a prestige location.”

"The YHoY Competition is about more than winning prizes, it is also about learning and making new contacts"

Richard Baines, Curator of RBGE Logan Botanic Garden, said “Horticulture has the power to deliver healthy and rewarding careers for individuals of all academic abilities and from every walk of life. This competition provides huge scope for the sector and for young people with an interest in plants and the environment. We are very much looking forward to hosting the Grand Final.”

"This competition provides huge scope for the sector and for young people with an interest in plants and the environment"

To follow the journey of the competitors and the competition visit The Chartered Institute of Horticulture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.