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2017 Young Horticulturist of the Year competition Final

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Lawrence Wright

This year the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition returns to its roots for the 27th annual competition final. The Grand Final is to be held on May 6th at the University Centre Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury was home to Percy Thrower whose Trust provides an impressive £2500 travel bursary to the competition winner each year, alongside major sponsorship from the Shropshire Horticultural Society.

Pictured on the left is The Dingle, Percy Throwers floral masterpiece based in Shrewsbury's Quarry Park.

The competition was last held in Shrewsbury in 2000 with its winner, Mark Harwood-Browne, going on to visit Madeira. Mark is currently thriving within his horticultural career as Head of Horticulture at Hartpury College. Pictured here is the Strelitzia or Bird of Paradise flower, indigenous to Madeira.

 “Winning the 2016 competition has helped me immensely in securing my new job at Tregothnan, on graduating RHS Wisley in August. YHOY is an invaluable platform for young horticulturists to expand their knowledge. Taking part in the competition exposes you to other talented and knowledgeable young horticulturists as well as seasoned pros alike. 2016 YHOY winner Lawrence Wright.

Lawrence is currently working as horticulturist & plantsman at the Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall and is planning a trip to Australia with his £2500. 

Every year I look forward to the Chartered Institute of Horticultures Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition. It’s a fantastic opportunity for both students of horticulture and those working in the industry to display their plant knowledge and meet fellow horticulturists. I encourage all those who are eligible to participate and I wish the best of good fortune to all those taking part!CIH President, Dr Owen Doyle CHort FCIHort

Are you a young horticulturist interested in travelling the world? Or do you see the YHOY competition as a valuable sponsorship opportunity? Email  for more details.

We are indebted to all of our sponsors; our national sponsors are The Shropshire Horticultural Society, who are the major sponsors of the competition, as well as MorePeople and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) who all generously provide sponsorship throughout the duration of the competition. There are also many fantastically generous regional sponsors behind the scenes supporting our heats and regional finals.

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Our sponsors

The Horticultural Trades Association

THe Shropshire Horticultural Society

More People



1. The competition

·        This annual competition is organised by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, the only professional body representing all aspects of horticulture. The Institute founded the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition in 1990 as a way of encouraging and rewarding excellence among those starting out in a career in horticulture and today around 2000 young people under the age of 30 participate each year. 

·        The 2017 competition is free to enter and is open to any horticulturist who is below the age of 30 on 31 July 2017.

·        The competition is run in three phases: heats which take place in January and February, followed by eight Regional Finals held in March and the Grand Final in May.


·        Heats are based on multi-choice questions covering a wide range of horticultural topics, run through a PowerPoint presentation. The heats are organised by eight CIH Regional Organisers and take place at colleges, garden centres and anywhere else where competitors may gather. To take part or become a sponsor contact us by emailing


·          Heat winners go forward to one of eight Regional Finals held in March, when a Question Master asks a wide range of horticultural questions, some through a buzzer round, and some directed to individual contestants. In addition, there are two identification rounds to further test their depth and breadth of knowledge on a range of plants as well as pests, diseases, disorders and weeds.


·          The winner of each Regional Final progresses to the Grand Final where the format is the same as for the Regional Finals with questions covering all sectors of horticulture.


·          The winner of the Grand Final receives the £2,500 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society, Percy Thrower Trust.  This funds a horticultural trip anywhere in the world.  Previous winners have visited Borneo, China, New Zealand, South Africa, the Himalayas, the Galapagos Islands, the United States of America, South America and Europe.


2.   2017 national competition sponsors

3. The Chartered Institute of Horticulture is interested to hear from companies who would be willing to offer financial, or other sponsorship, at all levels of the 2017 competition and beyond. Email: 

4. The Institute of Horticulture was established in 1984 with the aim of fostering a close relationship between all sectors of professional horticulture. For further information, visit  

5. For media enquiries and photos please Telephone: 0330 050181
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Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Horticulture House, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0RN.


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