Young Horticulturist of the Year: for students from Ireland


    A prestigious annual competition which attracts over 1,800 entrants each year, the winner receives the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, worth £2,500, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. This funds a horticultural trip anywhere in the world. There are prizes at every stage of the competition which is run in three phases: local heats, Regional Finals and the Grand Final.

    Eligibility

    The competition is open to any horticulturist, living in the UK or Ireland and who is below the age of 30 on 31 July 2015, including all those employed in horticulture or anyone currently studying for a horticultural qualification.

    Benefits

    The overall winner receives the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, worth £2,500, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. This funds a horticultural ttip anywhere in the world. There are also prizes at every stage of the competition.

    Past winners have travelled to every corner of the planet, including North America, Newfoundland, Borneo, Peru and China to study different environments, crops, specific plant groups and habitats. They have returned to provide fascinating and valuable reports for the Institute's journal The Horticulturist and often to progress their careers on the back of these successes. 2011 winner, Suzanne Moss, currently works at RHS Wisley as the Adult Learning Coordinator and used her Travel Bursary to travel to Madagascar to study the native flora.

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