Pershore students going for gold
7.12.2016 Horticulture students from Pershore
College will be competing to win a third consecutive gold medal at
the 2017 Young Gardener of the Year Awards next
The annual competition, now in its seventh year, is
organised by TV gardener David Domoney in association with the
Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. The competition
celebrates young ‘green’ talent and sees six of the UK’s leading
horticultural colleges go head-to-head to create a show-stopping,
sustainable garden that will be visited by a quarter of a million
visitors at the Ideal Home Show at Olympia London.
Lecturers Mike Roberts and Paul Bearcroft will be
guiding the group of Level 3 Horticulture students through the
competition which kicked off at a launch event at the Ideal Home
Show Christmas at Olympia London. Pershore College students have
won gold medals in the last two competitions.
The launch began with a short introduction and outline
of the project by David Domoney who briefed the participating
colleges on the objectives of the competition and provided handy
hints and tips. There was also a presentation from Simon Sadinsky,
Head of Education at the Prince’s Foundation for Building
Community, outlining principles and brief for this year’s show.
The Prince’s Foundation sets clear guidelines based on
organic and sustainable principles and the importance of front
gardens. The Young Gardeners are tasked with creating a show garden
that will capture the imagination and inspire the judges and
visitors, with clever plant association.
Simon Sadinsky, The Prince’s Foundation’s Young
Heritage Apprenticeship Coordinator, said: “This year, we want to
see designs that will inspire homeowners to bring back colour and
life to the street, and that really sell the benefits of nurturing
this space. In the past decade alone, 4.5 million more front
gardens have been concreted over. We know this has severe
environmental impacts, from flash flooding to declining wildlife.
As a nod to this, we’ve asked competitors to incorporate harmony
and sustainability into their design. We’re also looking for
gardens that demonstrate a smart use of space – a way of showing
homeowners you can still have storage space for household items,
like the wheelie bins each garden will be tasked with housing.”
David Domoney, organiser of the competition and former
student at Pershore College, said: “To date we have given more than
500 garden landscaping and design students the opportunity to build
show gardens at a national event before they even leave the college
gates. It’s always a great privilege to see Great British talent
come together to compete for the title of Young Gardeners of the
Year, and with this year’s focus on front gardens, I can’t wait to
see them come to life.”
This year’s Show Gardens will be judged by an expert
panel, which includes horticultural industry leaders, home and
garden magazine editors and acclaimed garden designers. Entrants
will compete to win the gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze award.
The overall winner will receive the Best in Show award, and
visitors will be able to vote for the winner of the People’s Choice
Each college will be given a 5.5m x 4m plot. This
front garden must be a focal point and inspire homeowners and
passers-by on just what can be achieved in front of a home. The
garden should appeal to the homeowner’s senses and the colours and
design should offer a spectacular welcome when they come home and
aim to brighten up the neighbourhood. Careful consideration of the
door, and access to the front door should be included in the
The show gardens will inspire visitors by utilising
clever planting, and the garden style can be traditional or
contemporary. The gardens will inspire city dwellers, showing all
that can be achieved in urban locations.
Each college will be asked to submit their garden
designs by the beginning of February. They will then have five days
to build and plant their garden inside Kensington Olympia ready for
the Ideal Home Show opening day on Friday 24 March 2017. Each
garden will then be judged at the show by the esteemed panel of
ambassadors and curators.
The Ideal Home Show London will open its doors for 18
days from 24 March – 9 April 2017 at Olympia London.
Pershore College offers a range of horticulture and
garden design courses at all levels. For more information click
here or call 0300 456 0049.