Writtle University College's (WUC's) William Charity has been awarded a scholarship in recognition of his outstanding commitment to horticulture.
The Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture student is in the process of completing his second year of study and has already been accepted onto WUC's three-year BSc in Horticulture degree course.
William said: "I am really pleased and excited to have been chosen for a David Colegrave Foundation student scholarship. I am passionate about horticulture and this scholarship will enable me to study water usage in bedding plants, which otherwise would not have been possible. I am keen to make horticulture more sustainable."
William has already shown impressive levels of enterprise by developing his own local garden maintenance business. He took his first step during secondary school, when asked to carry out garden maintenance for a family friend.
The business has continued to flourish over the past few years, and now includes small garden designs projects and planting schemes. The earnings help contribute towards his studies.
William also takes an active part in campus life. He previously served as the Further Education Representative for WUC's Students' Union and has now been elected as the Sustainability Officer for the next academic year.