East Durham College Houghall campus horticulture students Ben Walker, Damian Unsworth and Jamie Fisher

Green Fingered College Student Off To Regional Final

An East Durham College horticulture student is brushing up on his knowledge ahead of taking part in this weekend’s northern region leg of the Young Horticulturist of The Year competition.

Benjamin Walker, 23, from, High Pittington, studies on the level 2 diploma course at the college’s Houghall campus in Durham, will travel to Shipley College, Bradford, to face off in a horticultural knowledge quiz against six other local heat winners on Saturday 5th March.

If Benjamin comes through this round he will reach the national final which this year is set to be held at Dublin’s Glasnevin Botanic Gardens on 7th May.

Benjamin will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Houghall campus student Chris Parsons who was crowned the 2014 national champion.

Lecturer in Horticulture at East Durham College, Dave Scott, believes this is a brilliant experience for Benjamin and would love to see him go further in such a prestigious competition.

Dave said: “It’s brilliant to see another Houghall student going on to represent the college and County Durham in the regional final.

“The college has seen some huge success in this competition in recent years and it will be fantastic to see Benjamin representing us this year at Shipley College, I’m sure he will do great.”

East Durham College’s Houghall campus is currently undergoing a £12 million redevelopment, which will see a newly developed main building, a new animal care centre, a new indoor equine arena and new agricultural buildings created on the site. The development is on course to be completed for the new academic year beginning September 2016.

For more information on courses in horticulture at the college’s Houghall campus, please contact our student services team on 0191 375 4710.