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Top Award for Green-Fingered Alice!

Date: 30th July 2018

A green fingered student at Askham Bryan College has received a prestigious boost to her horticultural ambitions after winning a major national trophy, which is supported by Prince Charles.

Alice Whysall-Price is studying for a BTec Level 3 Extended Diploma in horticulture at the college's Cumbrian campus at Newton Rigg, and has been chosen as The Prince of Wales Perpetual Challenge Trophy winner 2018.

The award is organised by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, a leading London livery company, and is presented annually to the student demonstrating their commitment to practical and sustainable horticulture. It is the third time a student from the college has won the trophy. A specialist in land-based further and higher education, courses include forestry, countryside management and floristry, as well as agriculture.

At the recent awards ceremony in London, Alice received a cheque for £500 and a certificate signed by The Prince of Wales. Alice, whose home is at Brampton, combines her studies with running her own business, “The Girl That Gardens”. Using British and ideally Cumbrian plants and cut flowers, she creates eye catching displays for weddings and events.

Alice said: “My passion is for sustainable horticulture and I'm absolutely thrilled to have been chosen for this award. I am building up my own collection of plants to use but have been borrowing plants from the College in the mean time. I don't import any flowers. We have some fantastic growers in our county which should be celebrated. Cumbrian flowers - what could be better!”

Re-cycling and teaching youngsters the value of caring for the environment are so important to her that Alice takes assemblies and runs workshops at her children's school. It has been so successful that she now has a band of “eco warriors” following in her “re-cycling footsteps”.

Use of plastics is an anathema to her and she recycles waste including horticultural waste, composting it through a local council scheme. And when her floral displays are no longer needed, they are given to local organisations such as care homes to be enjoyed for longer.

Her tutor, Shelagh Todd, who is Head of Horticulture at Newton Rigg said: “Alice is a tremendously worthy winner who is not only hardworking and creative, but totally committed to improving the environment. She is someone who makes things happen, and this is a wonderful recognition of her dedication and commitment.”

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