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Young Horticulturist of the Year 2012 - Grand Final

03 May 2012

The Institute of Horticulture's Young Horticulturist of the Year competition reaches its climax at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh this Saturday.

The eight finalists battling it out for the sought after title and the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary of £2,000 are:

  • Katie Croft - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, representing the Scottish Branch
  • Peter Edge - The Alnwick Garden representing the Northern Branch
  • James English - Historic & Botanic Gardens Trainee representing the Eastern Branch
  • Mark Flahive - Self-employed landscaper representing the Irish Branch
  • Gavin Hardy - Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, representing the South East Branch
  • Rhiannon Harris - Reaseheath College representing the North West and North Wales Branch
  • Matthew Hussey - Sparsholt College representing the South West Branch
  • Douglas Mackay - Pershore College representing the Midlands and South Wales Branch

85_30887_9_richtext2.jpgPast winners have found the competition a great boost for their CV and career prospects, and have used the prize money to pursue their horticultural interests as far afield as China and Borneo.
With Faye Steer being the first female winner in 2010 and Suzanne Moss taking the prize last year, will 2012 see a hat trick of victories for the ladies? Saturday is also FA Cup Final Day, so is this a sign that Gavin Hardy might ensure that Spurs pick up at least one trophy this year? Whatever the outcome on the day, they're already winners as they've all had to get through a tough series of heats and their regional finals to earn their place in Edinburgh.
As one of the main sponsors of the event, MorePeople is delighted to see an ever increasing number of young people from businesses operating across all sectors of the industry taking part in YHOY and our congratulations go to everyone for getting this far. We wish them all the best of luck for Saturday's final!