It’s that time of the year again when the RHS is now looking for the next 2013 Young School Gardener. Last year, 11 year old Lucas Hatch won the impressive title after a panel of judges decided his presentation was best.
The boy from Suffolk had shown some ingenious green strategies for growing crops, and he was presented with a certificate for achievements along with a personalized trowel. St Mary’s Primary School also received £500 in gardening vouchers. Lucas also won tickets for his family to go see the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The competition’s goal is to find the most charismatic, knowledgeable and talented gardener in the UK, open to all the schools in the system. This covers almost 16,500 school gardening programs for children up to the age of 16. The original RHS gardening campaign started in 2007 and has grown every year in order to encourage children to become gardeners. This competition pits one school against the next which helps focus these school programs so that kids learn as much as they can about the subject.
According to the RHS publication Growing Communities all of the winners usually end up being very busy throughout the year. Toby Owen from Knaresborough in North Yorkshire answered teachers in a live Gardeners’ Question Time on TV about his gardening knowledge and dazzled everyone.
Meanwhile Sarah Cathcart, the head of RHS’ Head of Learning said that Lucas had a brilliant year on TV and in his radio interviews. He loves gardening and growing plants. He still spends a lot of time outdoors and grows new types of plants all the time. The winner for 2013 will be announced on July 12 on TV and in newspapers.