Writtle College wins young gardeners Ideal Home Show prize

Writtle College has been awarded the People's Choice Award at the Young Gardeners of the Year Competition, chosen by visitors at this year's Ideal Home Show.

The People's Choice Award marks a second win for Writtle College, after being awarded gold and best in show by David Domoney and Alan Titchmarsh at this year's Young Gardeners of the Year Awards at the launch of the Ideal Home Show in March. In second place was Pershore College, who were also awarded a gold medal by the judges.

The annual awards, which are organised by TV gardener Domoney, offer students an opportunity to showcase their work. The competition, now in its fifth year, has given more than 300 students the opportunity to create show gardens before they even leave the college. Each college was given a 5.5m x 4m plot to both plan and design a sustainable garden for city dwellers.

The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community set guidelines based on organic and sustainable principles.

The yearly competition, in association with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, celebrates young ‘green’ talent. The launch of the Ideal Home Show saw a judging panel led by TV gardener David Domoney, Julia Goodwin, editor of House Beautiful magazine, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Paris, chief executive of the Horticultural Trades Association and Simon Sadinsky from The Prince's Foundation for Building Community judge this year's show gardens.

The 2015 participating colleges were:

  • Chichester College, Sussex (2012, 2013 & 2014 Champions)
  • Capel Manor, Middlesex (2011 Champions)
  • Askham Bryan College, North Yorkshire
  • Pershore College, Part of the Warwickshire College Group
  • Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire
  • Writtle College, Essex (2015 Champions)

Domoney said: "It's been a fantastic year for the Young Gardeners of the Year awards, and this year has seen the bar raised even higher! While Writtle College's garden was the judges first choice, it seems the garden has also won the public over with it's innovative and eye catching design. We're already excited for next year's competition."

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