Horticultural students exhibit their skills at the Ideal Home Show

January 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

A team of Further Education horticulture students have been working with Lecturer Ben Wincott on a unique garden design for the Ideal Home Show, to be held at London’s Earl Court Arena 11th -27th March 2011.

The garden has been designed as part of a competition, partly funded by the Prince of Wales’s Foundation for the Built Environment. The Prince’s Foundation with the Ideal Home Show has developed an exciting partnership to help Britain promote and build better neighbourhoods and communities.

In addition to the Prince’s Foundation funding the College has secured sponsorship from Globalstone - an Essex based supplier of natural paving stone – who the College has close links with as suppliers of horticultural products for use within student practical sessions.

The competition brief, set for a total of eight horticultural Colleges’ around the country, was to design and construct a garden which highlights sustainable gardening practice. College entrants will be given a small reclaimed urban space outside of Earls Court arena one week before the Ideal Home Show starts.

The Writtle College garden design includes interesting accessories such as an outdoor pizza oven, a projector, and giant bean bags for comfort.

Ben Wincott, Lecturer in Horticulture, said: "The College was approached about designing a garden for the Ideal Home Show a while ago and we recognised straight away what a fantastic opportunity this would be for the students and their future career. A number of my horticulture students are involved the project and this kind of practical experience really will stand them in good stead after completing their course at Writtle."

All eight of the designed and constructed gardens will be judged by garden designers Diarmuid Gavin and David Domoney, during the opening of the show in March.

To find out further information about the Prince’s Foundation and the Ideal Home Show collaboration, please visit www.princes-foundation.org/whats-on