The Young Gardeners of the Year competition 2018, pioneered by TV Gardener David Domoney in association with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, takes place at the Ascot Spring Garden Show.

The annual competition, now in its eighth year, is organised by Domoney Ltd in association with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.  These annual awards celebrate the best of young British talent in garden design and build and offer students a great opportunity to create show-stopping, sustainable gardens seen by thousands of visitors at the show.

Each college has been given a 5m x 4.5m plot and the brief to create a back garden haven from a urban house. 

The gardens inspire city dwellers, showing all that can be achieved in small urban locations. Creating a sense of tranquillity and sustainability for the home owner. Each garden acts as an escape from the pressures of inner city life and bring a touch of nature to the heart of the metropolis.

The Prince’s Foundation sets clear guidelines based on organic and sustainable principles and the importance of gardens. The Young Gardeners were tasked to also pay attention to issues such as the use of local, natural materials and the implementation of SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems).  

The Young Gardeners of the Year gardens are judged by an expert panel of industry leaders and should inspire judges with clever plant association and vertical dimension. Entrants compete to win gold, silver gilt, silver, or bronze awards and the overall winner will receive the Best in Show trophy.   Visitors will be able to vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award until 2.00pm on Sunday 15th April.

Capel Manor, Middlesex – Gold and Best at Show
Pershore College, Part of the Warwickshire College Group - Gold
Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire - Silver
Writtle University College, Essex (2017 champions) – Silver Gilt
Myerscough College, Lancashire -  Silver Gilt
Reaseheath College, Cheshire - Bronze

Simon Sadinsky, Deputy Executive Director (Education) at The Prince’s Foundation’s said: 
“I will be looking for gardens that are bold and inventive, that surprise me with their thought and creativity. I will be particularly interested in ways that the gardens make the most of their space and are designed to be compatible with their setting and local habitat.” 
Alastair Warwick, Chief Operating Officer at Ascot Racecourse, added:
“We are delighted that the Young Gardeners of the Year Competition is at Ascot Racecourse to form part of the inaugural Ascot Spring Garden Show. Supporting young and emerging talent, in both sport and horticulture, is hugely important to Ascot so we’re excited to be giving these students a platform to showcase their skills and creativity.”

David Domoney, organiser of the competition said: 

“During this competition I have the privileged position of working side by side with the colleges. I get to experience the competition and support the students through every stage, from initial planning to the grand reveal, so I know just how much passion and hard work goes into these show gardens. The tutors are great instructors and extremely positive role models and it’s an absolute joy to see the students’ creative plans flourish each year and to witness the team’s pride and sense of achievement at the finished result. It is also innovative to see how the colleges have incorporated a touch of the equestrian into their garden design as a subtle reflection on the venue. This competition is a fantastic career platform and I hope these budding young garden designers and landscapers build upon it to become our stars of the future.” 

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