Christopher Parsons, a former East Durham College horticulture student, now works as a gardener on Lord Heseltine's 50-acre Thenford estate near Banbury. (Michael Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister). Set in the shape of a horseshoe, surrounding an elegant 1760's Georgian house, the estate's parkland and gardens contain an impressive, and nationally important, collection of rare plants and trees totalling around 3,500 different species.
Chris won the highly prestigious national competition run by The Institute of Horticulture to find the Young Horticulturist of the Year in 2014 to claim the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary prize worth £2,000.
To read about how it was third time lucky for Chris, please click here to read about Chris's victory in our latest news section.