Essex college clinches award in Young Gardeners of the Year competition

Writtle College is the pick of the people
Writtle College is the pick of the people

Chelmsford’s Writtle College received the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Young Gardeners of the Year competition.

More than 11,500 visitors at the recent Ideal Home Show voted Writtle College’s garden their favourite out of those from six participating colleges.

Each college was given a 5.5m x 4m plot on which to design and install ‘a sustainable garden to inspire city dwellers, showing what can be achieved in urban locations’.

The students from Writtle College created a striking space to block out city noise and pollution, with gentle water features and lush green plants and trees. They also filled the space with low-energy lighting to create a warm glow.

The judges said that they loved the modern garden design and praised the planting and sunken seating area. They also liked the fact that the trees were planted in the front bed to create an enclosed space. They added that  they felt that the garden was worthy of the Chelsea Flower Show.

The annual awards, organised by TV gardener David Domoney, offer students an opportunity to showcase their work and celebrate the best of sustainable British gardening. The competition, now in its fifth year, has given more than 300 students the opportunity to create show gardens.



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