Writtle College FE student Sam Moore has won the regional final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition!
Sam, who is studying for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture, will now go forward to the Grand Final on 9 May at the National Trust's Barrington Court, Somerset, with only seven other finalists from across the UK.
The 18-year-old from Great Totham, near Maldon, said: “The regional final went much better than I expected. The competition started off with a plant identification test and a pest and disease identification test. After that there was a general horticulture quiz which had buzzer rounds and directed questions. I was really nervous but relaxed as the competition went on!
“I would like to thank the Level 3 lecturers at Writtle College, especially Charlotte Power and Ben Wincott, for their support with the competition.”
Sam is currently part of the Writtle College team putting together the entry for the Young Gardeners of the Year competition at the Ideal Home Show 2015. He works with Naio Environmental and hopes to progress to a BSc (Hons) in Landscape and Garden Design at Writtle College after his FE course.
The College has enjoyed success in the Chartered Institute of Horticulture competition in previous years with Rosie Kippen, who is now in her third year of a BSc (Hons) Horticulture, being one of only eight finalists in the Grand Final last year. She was runner up in the Writtle College heat after two tie-breaks with Sam.
A prestigious annual competition which attracts over 1,800 entrants each year, the winner receives the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, worth £2,000, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. This funds a horticultural tour anywhere in the world. It is open to any horticulturist who is below the age of 30, including those employed in horticulture or anyone studying for a horticultural qualification.
The competition is run in three phases - local heats, Regional Finals and the Grand Final.