The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) has launched the 2016 Young Horticulturist of the Year competition (YHoY).
The heats take place around the UK and Ireland, and are open to students of horticulture and young horticultural professionals working in the industry who will be under the age of 30 by July 2016.
The competition winner will receive a ?2,500 travel bursary from The Percy Thrower Trust, generously provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society, to undertake a trip anywhere in the world to study subject related to their chosen field of horticulture.
The competition is run in three phases: local heats, regional finals and the Grand Final, each with questions covering a wide range of horticultural subjects. Heat winners go forward to one of eight regional finals, and the winner of each regional final progresses to the Grand Final which will be held on 7 May 2016 at the Glasnevin Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
Andrew Gill C Hort FCIHort, president of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, said:??As ever, I am excited about the launch of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year competition which just gets better each year and I am hugely looking forward to the Grand Final in Dublin. Last year over 1,800 young horticulturists from around the UK and Ireland competed for the title. Since the competition started in 1990 an incredible estimated 25,000 people have participated in this prestigious annual competition which attracts more positive coverage for the profession each year.?
The closing date for entries is 1 February 2016.?To find out more about the competition and how to take part visit the Young Horticulturist of the Year pages at www.horticulture.org.uk