Search begins for 2013's Young School Gardener
5 February 2013
The RHS is beginning its search for its 2013 Young School Gardener of the Year 2013.
Last year, 11-year-old Lucas Hatch (above) from Suffolk won the title by impressing judges with his flair, enthusiasm and knowledge of gardening. As part of his prize, Lucas spent the day with RHS Wisley Curator, Colin Crosbie and was presented with a certificate and personalised trowel bearing his name. His school, St. Mary’s Primary School in Suffolk, received £500 worth of gardening vouchers and his family won tickets to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013.
The competition to find the most knowledgeable, enthusiastic and talented gardening pupil in the UK is open to all schools in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening scheme, of which there are nearly 16,500 and is aimed at children up to the age of 16. The RHS Campaign for School Gardening started in 2007 to support and encourage UK schools to use a garden as a teaching resource and has gone from strength to strength.
All last year’s category winners have been busy since last year. Six-year-old Toby Owen-Hughes, from Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, dazzled teachers with his gardening knowledge in a live Gardeners' Question Time at the Campaign regional conference at RHS Harlow Carr. Fourteen-year-old Henry Grubb, a ‘mini David Attenborough’ has started his own gardening blog, and Alan Monk (Key Stage 4 winner) was interviewed for Growing Communities, an RHS publication.
Sarah Cathcart, Head of Education and Learning at the RHS, said: “Lucas has had a brilliant year and despite being on TV, in the papers and interviewed on radio, success hasn’t gone to his head and most of the time he’s still outdoors doing what he loves best – gardening and growing plants.”
Teachers and other adults associated with the school can nominate a pupil online by May 18. A shortlist of finalists will then be asked to create videos. These will be watched by a panel of judges including broadcaster and The Sun’s Gardening Editor, Peter Seabrook, and TV gardener, David Domoney.
The winner of RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2013 will be announced on 12 July, 2013.