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Askham Bryan represented with three finalists at the Young Horticulturalist of the Year Regionals

Date: 26th March 2019

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Northern Regional Finals of the Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award saw Askham Bryan College represented by two current students and one former student last week.

Finishing in 3rd, 4th and 5th position out of the 8 qualifiers, the trio of young horticulturalists just missed out on a spot in the National Grand Final, losing out to Emily Marston from RHS Gardens Harlow Carr, who qualified through the regional Finals for the second year in succession.

Askham Bryan’s representatives cover a range of study programmes at the college with third-placed Owen Hayman studying a part-time RHS Level 3 Certificate in Horticulture, while 5th placed Thomas Willey studies on the full-time Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture.

Thomas’ final position proved especially remarkable at just 16, in particular his high score in the plant identification round considering he is competing against young horticulturalists up to the age of 29. 

Cailean Iain Stewart, who was an Open Heat winner to qualify through to the regionals, is now part of the college’s alumni having graduated with a Foundation Degree in Horticulture and now plies his trade at the Nunnington Hall Trust.

The competition founded in 1990 will conclude in May where Northern qualifier Emily Marston will compete against seven other competitors from across the UK and Ireland at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Up for grabs as always will be the £2500 prize sponsored by The Shropshire Horticultural Society, Percy Thrower Trust in the form of a travel bursary which has seen previous winners visit  Borneo, China, New Zealand, South Africa, the Himalayas, the Galapagos Islands, the United States of America, South America and Europe.

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