Published Wednesday, 20th March 2013 in Study at SRUC news
All four of the finalists in this years search for the Scottish winner of the Young Horticulturalist of the Year, organised Percy Thrower Trust, came from SRUC.
Matthew Lowe (Edinburgh KB), Sara Perzley (KB & Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh), Marc Roberts (Ayr) and Alistair Scott (Oatridge) met in the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Dunkeld.
Each year over 1,500 entrants compete for the Shropshire Horticultural Society, Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, worth £2,000 and funding a horticultural tour anywhere in the world. Competitors must be horticulturalists under 30.
In the Regional Finals and Grand Final a Question Master asks a wide range of horticultural questions, some are on a buzzer, to test out the speed of thinking as well as the depth of knowledge, and some are directed to individual contestants. There are three identification rounds and eight other rounds on specific areas of horticulture.
In the Scottish final Sara Perzley and Matthew Lowe battled it out, alternating the leadership until Sara drew deep in the last round to steal a victory over Mathew by just 4 points. Sarah now goes forward to the national final next month at Liverpool and hopes to have good support from the SRUC.
Congratulating Sarah on her win SRUC Horticultural Lecturer Dr Colin Norton commented "We knew we had a winner from the start and had to cheer them all along equally!".
All the Scottish finalists received a Certificate and a Quaich, the first two candidates were presented with a book about the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Sara also accepted garden tools.
There was additional SRUC involvement as former student Stephen Herrington (graduated 3 years ago with BSc Honours Horticulture with Plantsmanship) who is the Curator of the Glasgow Botanic Garden was question master while Will Ritchie (graduated 3 years ago with BSc Honours Horticulture with Plantsmanship), the Assistant Curator of the Glasgow Botanic Garden served as Adjudicator.
Colin Norton said: “Not only are our students making a huge impact in this national competition but also in Scottish horticulture, as evidenced by the appointment of Stephen and Will to such senior posts at an early age.”
Editors Note: Matthew Lowe, Year 3 BSc Horticulture KB, Sara Perzley, Year 2 BSc Horticulture with Plantsmanship KB & RBG Edin, Marc Roberts HND Horticulture Ayr, Alistair Scott, NC Horticulture at Oatridge.
Picture Caption (L-R): Matthew Lowe, Alistair Scott, Sara Perzley, Marc Roberts ponder while Will Ritchie selects plants for identification.
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