Published onJanuary 17 2020
The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) has announced that the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2020 competition is now underway, celebrating the talents of the next generation of the industry.
The CIH has also announced that the Grand Final will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh's Logan Botanic Gardens, near Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on May 2nd 2020. One of the previous winners from 2014, Chris Parsons, is now part of the staff at the gardens, demonstrating his success following the win.
2019's Grand Final winner, Kew Botanical horticulturist and Pershore graduate Richard Moore, has recently returned from Japan where he spent time studying pruning and maintenance techniques, thanks to the £2,500 Travel Bursary provided by the Percy Thrower Trust.
Emily Marston, now at RHS Gardens Wisley, is still in discussions about how to use her £2000 Travel Bursary, which was provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society, following the very close tie-breaker last round.
The competition is a fantastic celebration of the horticulture skills and expertise displayed in the younger generation.