College competition takes Ascot show up to 12 gardens

The Young Gardeners of the Year competition awards pioneered by TV gardener David Domoney and in association with The Prince's Foundation for Building Community has been launched at Ascot Racecourse.

The 2018 ‘Young Gardeners of the Year’ competition will be held at the Ascot Spring Garden Show this April 13-15, moving from the Ideal Home Show, where it has been held since 2011.

The annual competition sees six of the UK’s leading horticultural colleges go head-to-head to create
gardens that will be seen by thousands of visitors at the show. Six show gardens have already been announced.

Domoney and Aaron Davis, associate design director at The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, outlined the principles and the brief for this year’s show.

The Prince’s Foundation asked participants to provide a particular focus within their gardens on the principles of sustainability, paying attention to issues such as the use of local, natural materials and the implementation of SuDS.

The 2018 participating colleges are:
Capel Manor, Middlesex
Pershore College, part of the Warwickshire College Group
Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire
Writtle University College, Essex (last year’s champions)
Myerscough College, Lancashire
Reaseheath College, Cheshire

Each college is will be given a 5m x 4.5m plot.

Domoney said: "To date we have given more than 600 garden landscaping and design students the opportunity to build show gardens at a national event before they even leave the college gates. It’s always a great privilege to see great British talent come together to compete for the title of Best Young Gardeners of the Year, and with this year’s focus on back gardens, I can’t wait to see them come to life."

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