Elmwood student reaches Scottish finals for Young Horticulturalist of the Year

Published Friday, 3rd February 2017 in Study at SRUC news

Kevin pictured in the horticultural unit at Elmwood.

HNC Horticulture Student Kevin Keith, from the Elmwood Campus of SRUC, has reached the Scottish Finals of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturalist of the Year.

The annual competition is open to all educational institutions across UK and Ireland and attracts 2,000 entrants each year.  Colleges and universities select a local heats winner to go on to compete in the regional heat. The ultimate prize is the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary worth £2,500, which is to fund the winner with a horticultural trip anywhere in the world.

Iain Hunter, Elmwood Horticultural Lecturer, said: “Kevin is an excellent motivational student and an inspiration to us all. I hope he is successful in the Scottish heat, it’s truly deserved.”

Kevin from Buckhaven has been a student at Elmwood for two years having started on the NC Horticulture course. Kevin is delighted and surprised to have received the campus prize and is looking forward to the March event held at The National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Garden and Estate, near Castle Douglas.

“I can’t believe I was selected. I’m really excited about reaching the regional finals; I wouldn’t have got this far without the support of Iain Hunter and Phil Watkin, Programme Manager at Elmwood. I hope I do them proud.”

As well as being a full-time student, Kevin also supports a young family with an evening job in a local supermarket and weekend employment at a soft fruit farm near Windygates.

If Kevin is successful he will attend the grand finals held later in the year.

Photo caption: Kevin pictured in the horticultural unit at Elmwood.

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