Lawrence Wright takes first after a close final for the Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016.

The Grand Final of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016 took place at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin on May 7th where the brightest young talent in the horticultural profession competed for the prestigious title of CIH Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016.

The results were as follows:
Lawrence Wright, South East Branch – Winner
Joshua Stevens, North West and North Wales Branch - Runner-Up
Fern Champney, Eastern Branch - Third Place

Lawrence Wright, currently studying at RHS Wisely, received the £2500 Travel Bursary provided by the Percy Thrower Trust and will be able to use it to further his horticultural career anywhere in the world.  

The final took place following the eight regional finals during March.

Andrew Gill CHort, FCIHort, President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture said, "They are all winners today. We hope that they all continue to work and do well in horticulture and become chartered members of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. I'd like to thank all the competitors for their bravery and knowledge".

Stephen Kynaston, of Platinum Sponsor the Shropshire Horticulture Society said of the competition, "The health of anything in society can be gauged by the enthusiasm and commitment of young people, and so today shows how verdant the horticulture industry is."

The 2015 YHoY winner Jessica Evans, Senior Gardener at the National Trusts Tintinhull Gardens in Somerset said, “I am delighted to have won the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015 competition and look forward to using the travel bursary to further my training in horticulture. Having finished second in the competition last year, my over-whelming emotion when the final scores were announced was relief, especially as this was the last year I would be eligible to enter. I would now really like to support the running of the competition, and to encourage others to take part, as it is vitally important to celebrate the quality and knowledge of young horticulturists.”

To find out more about the competition and how to take part visit the Young Horticulturist of the Year pages at www.horticulture.org.uk.

Join in the discussions with past and present competitors on Facebook CIHort and Twitter @CIHort.

Anyone interested in taking part in, or sponsoring the 2017 competition should contact the Chartered Institute of Horticulture - Email: cih@horticulture.org.uk.

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