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SRUC Students Make Scottish Final of Young Horticulturist of the Year

Published Wednesday, 13th March 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Young horticulturalist

Four SRUC students have made it through to the Scottish final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition.

The winner of the Scottish final will win a place at the grand final held at Liverpool Botanic Gardens in April.

Oatridge student Alistair Scott, Sara Perzley and Matthew Lowe who are based in Edinburgh, and Marc Roberts from our Ayr Campus all won their heats to make it to the regional final. In total there will be eight young horticulturalists from throughout Scotland taking part in the final on Friday 15 March. They will have to answer a range of tough questions on horticulture, the sort that would throw most amateur gardeners; they could include ones on identifying plant species as well as plant biology and anatomy. 

“I’m revising plant identification so I am looking around Oatridge campus to see the plants we have. The competition is tough, you don’t know who your competitors are and they range from so many levels” says Alistair.

The Young Horticulturist of the Year competition attracts over 1,500 entrants each year and the overall winner receives the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, worth £2,000, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. This funds a horticultural tour to anywhere in the world.

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