I am now able to announce the eight competitors who will be challenging one another at our forthcoming Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year Regional Final on March 5th at Shipley College, Saltaire near Bradford. These eight competitors have won through from heats run over the last six weeks or so. We had 138 competitors in total this year.
I will be circulating details of timing, parking, special catering requirements ETC soon but in the meantime, would ask that you let me know by February 19th at the latest, how many supporters will be attending alongside the competitors so that I can alert the college’s catering department.
I have attached the prize money details for you to see and would like to thank, once again, our generous regional sponsors, the North of England Horticultural Society (www.flowershow.org.uk ) and the Stockbridge Technology Centre (www.stockbridgetechnology.co.uk ). Additionally MorePeople, AHDB, Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd, Bulldog Tools and the HTA have also provided support and funding via their national sponsorship.
So, our list of Regional Final competitors is as follows, in no priority order:-
Harry Johnson-Firth (Askham Bryan College)
Sally Newbrook (RHS Gardens Harlow Carr)
Thomas Cutter (RHS Gardens Harlow Carr)
Benjamin Walker (East Durham College Houghall Campus)
Carter Russon (Shipley College)
Simon Greenwood ( Alnwick Gardens )
Lewis Larmouth (Northumberland College Kirkley Hall Campus)
Sam Clark (Open heat winner).
The overall winner of this leg of the competition will be progressing to the CIH YHoY Grand Final at the wonderful Glasnevin Botanic Gardens, Dublin on May 7th to compete for the overall title of Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016. The first prize is a £2500 Travel Bursary!!
I look forward to meeting you all on March 5th.
Graham Porter FCIHort., Cert.Ed.
(YHoY Northern Branch Regional organiser)