National Flower Bed Competition changes

Show organiser revises rules for student entries

The National Flower Bed Competition at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Tatton Park gets a new twist next July. The RHS and competition sponsor Ball Colegrave will allow students studying amenity horticulture to enter. Local authority teams considering entering the competition, which is seen as one of the most important titles in civic horticulture, can now enlist the help of students from local colleges to take an active role in the design and build of their flower bed. Alternatively, students can help a local council put together its entry and take on the responsibility of the flowerbed under the supervisory eye of its parks department. In allowing the students to enter the competition the RHS hopes to give them the benefit of working with experienced parks gardeners, while taking part in a national competition that celebrates the elite skills of civic horticulture. Show manager Kris Hulewicz said: “Tatton is a show that heralds new talent. “This year saw many new up-and-coming show garden designers, and in 2004 it will be the turn of the amenity horticulture students. I’m very pleased that Tatton has become a popular breeding ground for all kinds of gardening expertise, as the show is all the better for it.” The closing date for entries is the end of December. For further details contact the RHS on 020 7821 3340.

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