Launching Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year competition (watch our film)
We are thrilled to be once again announcing the Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year competition, aiming to showcase Britain's premier young talented gardeners.
Six horticultural colleges from across the country will be competing to win the title, which will be awarded to them at the next Ideal Home Show in March.
The colleges will be awarded gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze medals with two further prestigious titles also being awarded for Best At Show and People's Choice.
This year's theme is "sustainable urban gardens", and the colleges will be given strict guidelines to make sure their gardens follow the organic and sustainable principles we promote.
We believe that green spaces should be at the heart of every community, including in more confined urban areas, and this competition offers young gardeners an ideal opportunity to explore that theme.
We hope that this year's competition will not only encourage young people to make better use of outdoor space, but inspire the next generation of gardeners.
Each college will be asked to submit their garden designs before the15th January. They will then have one week ahead of the show to build their urban green spaces.
The gardens will be judged by a panel of experts, including TV gardeners David Domoney, and Alan Titchmarsh. Our very own Campaigns Programme Manager Michael Romero, joined by our ambassador Adam Hunt will also be on the panel.
This year's participating colleges are:
- Chichester College, Sussex (2012 winners - pictured)
- Capel Manor, Middlesex (2011 winners)
- Askham Byran College, North Yorkshire
- Bridgewater College, Somerset
- Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire
- Writtle College, Essex
We wish everyone the best of luck and look gorward to seeing all the exciting designs come to life next spring!