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Young Horticulturist of the Year

YHORT Logo - RGB (002)The 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 Grand Final.

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 qualification. 

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 can compete.


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