Students Compete in Young Horticulturalist of the Year at East Durham College

Students Battle It Out In Young Horticulturist Of The Year Competition Heats 2018

East Durham College’s Houghall Campus has once again played host the County Durham heats of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year (YHOY) competition.

The first round heat of this prestigious national competition saw budding horticulturists compete in a challenging multiple choice quiz; with the winner claiming the right to advance on to the Northern England regional finals.

Daniel Edwards, a 16 year old student from the Houghall Campus in Durham studying Level 2 Horticulture, claimed the top prize of £50, and the right to represent the college in the second round heats which will take place later this year.

The regional finals will put Daniel to the test more than ever before; he will face a host of horticulture-related questions in both a quick fire buzzer round and one-to-one Mastermind style round.

Daniel said: “I’m lost for words at winning – I really didn’t expect it at all!”

The 2nd place position went to Declan Hillary, 16, after a series of tie-break rounds against another competitor. Declan will take home £30 for coming second. Hayden Spence, 18, came in 3rd place and won £20.

East Durham College horticulture lecture, Dave Scott, praised all the students for their performance in the competition

Dave said: “It’s fantastic to see the students want to get involved in this prestigious competition.

“The questions are very challenging and it was a great chance for the students to demonstrate what they have learnt on their courses so far.

“The students were really enthusiastic and performed very well on the day. Well done to all of them and I wish Daniel all the best in the northern finals.”

For anyone under 30, the YHoY competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people to explore an interest in horticulture, test their knowledge and get the opportunity to network with horticultural enthusiasts all over the UK and Ireland.

The winner of each Regional Final progresses to the Grand Final held in May. The format is the same as the previous round, with questions covering all sectors of horticulture. The winner of the Final receives the £2,500 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society, Percy Thrower Trust, to fund a horticultural trip anywhere in the world. Second place winner goes home with £950, 3rd with £550 and the rest of the runners up all receive £200, all to be used in any way they wish.

Houghall also allowed students aged over 30 to take part so they could also benefit from the experience and student Louise Murphy, 44, who came first in that age group.

Houghall students have been successful in the competition in the recent past with former student Chris Parsons winning the 2014 national title. Chris now works as a gardener on Lord Heseltine's 50-acre Thenford estate near Banbury.

If you are interested in studying horticulture at Houghall, please visit our website www.eastdurham.ac.uk or call Student Services on 0191 375 4710.