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Success for Billy in Young Horticulturalist of the Year Competition

Posted on 27th January 2014 in HE News, Horticulture, General

Billy Stott, a Hadlow College BSc (Hons) Horticulture student, has today won the local heat of the Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2014 competition.

Launched in 1990 and organised by the Institute of Horticulture, this prestigious competition attracts over 2000 young horticulturists, who are either studying horticulture or working in the industry, with prizes valued at more than £10,000, including the coveted Percy Thrower Travel Bursary of £2000, which is sponsored by the Shropshire Horticultural Society, to fund a horticultural tour anywhere in the world.

The competition consisted of 40 multiple choice questions, on a range of horticultural topics.  Billy said “I went along for a laugh; I didn't expect to win!”  Billy came 1st and 2nd place was tied at first with Kenny Raybould, then Kenny faught back and won the tie break questions!

Winners of the local heat progress onto regional competitions, Billy, together with runner-up Kenny, will go forward to represent the College at the regional heat on Tuesday 11th March which takes place at RHS Wisley.  There will also be a number of other Hadlow College students attending to support them!

Once all the heats are completed, eight regional finals will follow in March to select the top eight contestants from across the UK and Ireland.  The 2014 Grand Final will be held at the John Innes Centre in Norwich on 10 May 2014.

We wish Billy and Kenny the best of luck!

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