Local heats for Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014 start this month

The Institute of Horticulture's Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014 competition gets underway this month.

Prizes valued at more than £10,000 are on offer, including the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary of £2,000, which is sponsored by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. 

The local heats will be taking place across Great Britain and Ireland from early January until late February 2014. Once all the heats are completed, eight regional finals will follow in March to select the top eight contestants from across the UK and Ireland.

The 2014 Grand Final will be held at the John Innes Centre in Norwich on 10 May 2014.

The Institute of Horticulture has received additional sponsorship from The Garden Centre Group, which has been entering the competition for the last three years.
The 2014 competition is open to any horticulturist who is below the age of 30 on 31 July 2014.

Whilst most of the heats are held at horticultural colleges for student entrants, the Institute is keen to encourage young people and apprentices working in all industry sectors to enter.

In recent years the Royal Parks Apprentices and young employees from Garden Centre Group have taken part alongside staff from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and various heritage gardens.
David Domoney has become an official supporter of the competition.

He said: "The Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year is an outstanding platform to promote excellence in horticultural knowledge within the rising stars of the UK’s plant world."
IoH president Leigh Morris said: "I am delighted that the 2014 Grand Final will be held at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. It is also fantastic that the competition is being championed by IoH Fellow David Domoney FI Hort, who I know cares passionately about young people in our industry. I encourage all those eligible to have a go and good luck to all those taking part."


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