Young Horticulturist of the Year
Young Horticulturist of the Year competition is run by the
Chartered Institute of Horticulture. This annual competition
which attracts over 1,800 entrants each year.
The winner receives the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, worth
£2,000, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society. This
funds a horticultural tour anywhere in the world. In
additional there are prizes at every stage of the competition
which is run in three phases: local heats, Regional Finals and the
Who can enter?
The competition is open to any horticulturist, living in the UK
or Ireland and who is below the age of 30 on 31 July of the year of
the competition, including all those employed in horticulture or
anyone currently studying for a horticultural
When does the competition take place?
The heats start in January each year at colleges, garden centres
and anywhere else where competitors may gather. They act as the
first filter in the search for winners and test participants'
knowledge across a wide range of horticultural subjects, through a
PowerPoint presentation of 40 multi-choice questions. Heat winners
go forward to one of eight Regional Finals, usually held in March,
and the winner of each Regional Final progresses to the Grand
Final, usually run in late April or early May.
How to take part?
If you would like to take part please contact the Chartered Institute
of Horticulture with your full name; date of birth and
your address. The Institute will arrange when and how you