The Grand Final is to be held at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on Saturday April 28th, where we will see eight of the brightest young talent in the horticultural profession competing for the prestigious title of CIH Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018. The winner will receive the £2500 Travel Bursary provided by the Percy Thrower Trust and will be able to use it to further their horticultural career anywhere in the world.
Following the eight regional finals during March, we are now able to announce the eight winners who will be competing at the Grand Final:-
Scotland – Owen Harlow, Ireland – Leo Walsh, Northern – Emily Marston, North West and North Wales – Frances Porter, West Midlands and South Wales – Josh Egan Wyer, Eastern – Rosie Innes-Taylor, South East – Timothy Miles, South West – Sally Newbrook.
President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Owen Doyle, said: ‘The Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition is our flagship event which engages students and young horticulturists across both Great Britain and Ireland. This is an exciting and fantastic opportunity for them to display their plant knowledge and to meet fellow horticulturists during the local, regional and national parts of the competition. Thanks to our generous sponsors the winners at a local and regional level receive prizes and those that reach the Grand Final also receive great prizes. I wish the best of good fortune to all those taking part in the Grand Final.’
Simon Badrock from the Shropshire Horticultural Society said “The Shropshire Horticultural Society is very pleased to once again sponsor the Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition. The Society strongly believes in the promotion and support of horticultural education and the Competition achieves this in a positive way.”
The 2017 YHOY winner Lachlan Rae said: ‘YHOY is a fantastic opportunity for young people making their way into a career in horticulture. It’s a great chance to meet other young horticulturists and recognised industry professionals as well as providing an opportunity to visit some of the great venues hosting the competition. It has allowed me to boost my profile in the horticultural industry.’
To find out more about the competition and how to take part visit the Young Horticulturist of the Year pages at www.horticulture.org.uk .
Join in the discussions with past and present competitors on Facebook CIHort and Twitter @CIHort. Anyone interested in taking part in, or sponsoring the 2019 competition should contact the Chartered Institute of Horticulture - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.