May 12th 2017
The 2017 Young Horticulturist of the Year is Scotland’s Lachlan Rae.
This year’s competition came to an exciting end on the 6th May at University Centre Shrewsbury where the final eight competitors fought for the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world with a £2,500 bursary.
The bursary is provided in honour of Percy Thrower, Britain’s first celebrity gardener, known for his work with the BBC on Gardeners' World and Blue Peter. This year’s competition received over 2,500 entries from young horticulturists under the age of 30 from all over the UK and Ireland.
This annual competition is organised by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and was founded in 1990 as a way of encouraging and rewarding excellence among those starting out in a career in horticulture and today around 2,000 young people under the age of 30 participate each year.
The competition is run in three phases: heats which take place in January and February, followed by eight Regional Finals held in March and the Grand Final in May.
For more information, and to have a trial run at some previous heat questions, visit https://www.horticulture.org.uk/young-horticulturist-of-the-year/regional-finals/