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April 2015
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015 - Grand Final
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December 2014
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015 - launch 
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February 2014
Young Horticulturist of the Year is in full swing
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December 2013
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014 - launch
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July 2013
Grant of a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture 

July 2013
First Institute of Horticulture Ireland Education Day
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May 2013
Why horticulture and horticultural skills matter to the UK  
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April 2013

Young Horticulturist of the Year 2013 winner is Jez Stamp 
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Finalists announced for Institute of Horticulture 2013 Grand Final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition
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Northern Branch YHoY Regional Final 2013
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March 2013
South East Branch YHoY Regional Final 2013
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Institute of Horticulture comment on the announcement that GreenSpace is to stop trading 
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October 2012
Young Horticulturist of the Year competiton 2013 is launched
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October 2012 
Conference news: Horticulture: Building an industry for the future, at Capel Manor Gardens, 6 October 2012
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October 2012
AGM News: Institute of Horticulture announces new President, IoH Award Holders and 2012 Fellows
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May 2012
Douglas Mackay is Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2012
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April 2012
Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final 2012 at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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November 2011
2012 Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition is launched
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October 2011
Conference news: Here today; Who's here tomorrow? A focus on young people in horticulture
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October 2011
Institute of Horticulture announces its 2011 award winners and Fellows at AGM on Saturday 8 October 2011
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August 2011
Conference and AGM 2011
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May 2011
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2011 - winner
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May 2011
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2011 - Grand Final
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January 2011
e-Affiliate Pilot 
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January 2011
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2011 - launch
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Pilot Mentoring Scheme Launch September 2010
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January 10, 2010
Still time to enter the 2010 Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year competition

This year's Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year competition is well under way with heats taking place across Great Britain and Ireland, but there's still time for anyone who hasn't yet entered to take part in one of the heats which will continue throughout February and March.

The competition is open to horticulturists below the age of 30 on July 31 2010 who are studying horticulture or working in the horticulture industry. Entry is free and the winner gets a Percy Thrower travel bursary of £2000 sponsored by the Shropshire Horticultural Society, but there are lots of other prizes to be won at the heats, regional finals and the Grand Final. Together they're valued at more than £10,000. Past winners have also found it a great boost for their CV and career prospects.

Whilst most of the heats are held at horticultural colleges for student entrants, the Institute is keen to encourage young people working in all sectors the industry to enter. Special open heats are being held for them in each region. Anyone interested in the open heats, or making a late entry to the competition, should contact the IoH office on 01992 707025 or email info@horticulture.org.uk . Entries for the open heats will not be accepted after February 28.

Once all the heats are completed, regional finals will follow in March, and The Grand Final will be held at Kew Gardens (Jodrell Lecture Theatre) on Saturday 15 May. With the world famous gardens as the backdrop, this culmination of the 2010 competition promises to be an event not to be missed. The winner at Kew will be looking to emulate the success of Alex Summers, who won the 2009 Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year and used his bursary for a trip of a lifetime to Borneo to study the native flora of the region.

Sponsors for the 2010 competition, in addition to the Shropshire Horticultural Society, include the recruitment company MorePeople, the R&D levy body the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) and tool company Bulldog Tools.

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November 5 2009
2010 Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition gets underway

The IoH has signalled the start of the competition to find the 2010 Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year with the announcement that the Grand Final will be held at Kew Gardens in May 2010. The competition promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 1500 students and young people working in the industry from across Britain and Ireland expected to take part. They will be competing for more than £10,000 worth of prizes courtesy of a wide variety of generous sponsors making this the biggest and most prestigious competition for young people in horticulture.

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Institute of Horticulture conference identifies need to influence decision makers
21 September 2009

The Institute of Horticulture held its anniversary conference and AGM at Askham Bryan College, York on September 18 and 19, with over 100 delegates in attendance and a packed programme of high profile presentations, including a keynote address from The Right Honourable The Lord Heseltine CH and Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE, Shadow Minister DEFRA.

The key priority that emerged from the conference was the need for the Institute to influence decision makers in horticulture; the public, consumers, regulators and Government. Heather Barrett-Mold, President, said that working in partnerships was a key role for the Institute in seeking to inform and influence decision makers.

David Gwyther CBE, CEO Director of the Horticultural Trades Association emphasised the need for a currently fragmented industry and vulnerable horticultural industry to unite and create a strong voice to lobby policy and decision makers.

Speaking to the conference about government strategies and initiatives, Helen Woolley a CABE Space enabler, said it was up to the Institute and its members to inform themselves of these and get involved, by engaging with industry bodies, to inspire the government, their agenda and their next initiative and before someone else does!

Dr Bill Parker, Director, Horticultural Development Company, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board highlighted the importance of research in horticulture. He said research equals knowledge, which equals power and therefore influence.

Meurig Raymond MBE Deputy President of the NFU spoke of the choices and the things that influence of the public and told the conference that "the decision makers are British consumers".

Education in Horticulture was also a burning issue. Dr Steve Dowbiggin OBE launched the Institutes' consultation document ‘Priorities for Education'. He set out the vision for a holistic education and training system for the future in the UK, to encourage cooperation and coordination between partners active in the horticultural sector. He said "we need to be proactive not reactive and influence joined up thinking in the horticultural education sector'. Liz Philip Principal of Askham Bryan College emphasised the importance of encouraging young people into the industry saying "Young people think differently, they will be bring the innovation we need for the future".

Both John Watkins Head of Gardens and Landscape at English Heritage and Olivia Morris, External Affairs Officer National Trust, emphasised the need to inspire green thinking at all levels and that local champions are needed to ensure public spaces receive their fair share of local investment.

Simon Thornton-Wood Director of Science and Learning at the RHS, stressed the inclusive nature of horticulture for everyone and urged the conference to inspire and inform people about the industry, in order to maximise the opportunities to bring people together.

Notes to editors
1.The Institute of Horticulture was established in 1984 with the aim of fostering a close relationship between all sectors of the professional horticulture (advisory and research, amenity commercial and education and training throughout the UK, Ireland and overseas. The Institute has eight branches throughout the UK and over 1500 members.
2.The 25th Anniversary Conference and AGM was held at Askham Bryan College and was sponsored by the Horticultural Trades Association, the Finnis Scott Foundation, Horticulture Week and Tesselaar International.

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21 September 2009
Institute of Horticulture announces award winners at its 25th Anniversary Conference.

The Institute of Horticulture held its anniversary conference and AGM at Askham Bryan College, York on September 18 and 19, with over 100 delegates in attendance and a packed programme of high profile presentations, including keynote addresses from The Right Honourable The Lord Heseltine CH and Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE, Shadow Minister DEFRA.

As part of the AGM the Institute announced and presented its annual horticultural awards.

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Norah Stucken Award - to Thanet Earth
The Institute of Horticulture annually presents the Norah Stucken Award for outstanding projects which have made a significant impact on horticulture to the most pre-eminent candidate selected from a vast field of potential winners. This Award commemorates Norah Stucken who was the long-standing publisher of The Grower.

Thanet Earth, on the Isle of Thanet in Kent, is the largest greenhouse complex in the UK. Owned by Fresca Group, a consortium of Dutch growers, Thanet Earth uses combined heat and power, and hydroponic growing systems to increase the UK's salad vegetable production by 15%. Thanet Earth is committed to sustainable production techniques, contributes to UK food security and employs 550 people locally.

Aberconway Medal - to Eva McCarthy
The Aberconway medal is presented annually for a written project, dissertation or thesis of excellence.
Ilona Eva McCarthy's excellent undergraduate dissertation entitled Pollen viability and performance in everbearing strawberry plants exposed to high temperature conditions has been chosen to receive the Institute's Aberconway Medal.

Eva studied at Reading University and since graduating has secured a post as soft fruit breeder with Edward Vinson, soft fruit growers, breeders and propagators.

James Bruce Prize - to Nick Lightfoot
The James Bruce Prize is awarded annually to the student with the highest marks in the RHS Diploma practical examination.

Nick Lightfoot began his working life as an archaeologist. He then switched careers, working for Lord Leverhulme at Thornton Manor on the Wirral for seven years before becoming Head Gardener at The National Trust property The Vyne in 2004 where he currently works. He studied the RHS Advanced Certificate and Diploma at Sparsholt College in Hampshire. Nick is particularly interested in plants and their evolutionary relationships, and garden history and conservation.

President's Medal - to Charles Notcutt
Heather Barrett-Mold President of the Institute presented Charles Notcutt OBE VMH, with the President's Medal.

Charles Notcutt joined the family firm of Notcutts Ltd of Woodbridge, Suffolk, in 1958, becoming Managing Director 1964 - 1999 and Chairman 1974 - 2006. He completed 50 years with Notcutts and then retired from their Board and became Non Executive President with the role ‘To advise, encourage and warn'.

Charles has had a long connection with the Horticultural Trades Association. Research and education have also been a strong interest of his and he has served on a number of college governing bodies and is a Fellow of Writtle College.

He is currently Vice Chairman of Perennial, formerly the Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society, and chairs their Marketing & Fund Raising Committee. Charles was a member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society 1989 - 99, receiving their Victoria Medal of Honour in Notcutts' Centenary Year of 1997, and chaired their Audit Committee 1999 - 2004.

Charles was a member of the steering group for the formation of the Institute of Horticulture in 1984, its first Treasurer and President 1988 - 1989. He was President of the Suffolk Agricultural Association in 1997 and is still on their Council.

He received an OBE for services to the Horticultural Industry in 1993 and in 2001 an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of East Anglia.

Notes to editors
3.The Institute of Horticulture was established in 1984 with the aim of fostering a close relationship between all sectors of the professional horticulture (advisory and research, amenity commercial and education and training throughout the UK, Ireland and overseas. The Institute has eight branches throughout the UK and over 1500 members.
4.The 25th Anniversary Conference and AGM was held at Askham Bryan College and was sponsored by the Horticultural Trades Association, the Finnis Scott Foundation, Horticulture Week and Tesselaar International.

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21 September 2009
Lady Salisbury becomes first patron on the Institute of Horticulture

The Institute of Horticulture is delighted to announce that in its 25th Anniversary Year, The Marchioness of Salisbury is to become the first Patron of the Institute.

The Marchioness of Salisbury will be Patron of the Institute for three years. Lady Salisbury is a keen and knowledgeable plantswoman who takes an active role in managing Hatfield House and the family gardens. Lady Salisbury is already active as a Governor and Trustee of a major horticultural education corporation and is actively engaged in promoting horticultural careers, education, training and the professionalism of the sector.

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"Uniting a Growing Profession" - New IoH Council re-defines its principles

The Institute of Horticulture is to adopt a new ‘strap line' which will communicate the focus of the exciting next phase in its development. "Uniting a Growing Profession" is much more than a strap line or a slogan, it underlines the key objective of IoH over the next few years - to unify. "As a profession and an industry are strongest when we work together," said President, Dr Heather Barrett-Mold. "That was what motivated people to form the Institute 25 years ago, and it remains the cornerstone of IoH."

"Since the membership decided earlier this year they preferred to be represented by an independent organisation, we have been working hard to re-establish a firm foundation for the future expansion of the Institute and its activities". At meeting of trustees and other advisors last week, wide-ranging discussions led to a number of key decisions being taken

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2009 Young Horticulturist of the Year competition gets underway
Over 1500 horticultural students from all parts of Britain and Ireland will be battling it out over the next few months for the coveted crown of Young Horticulturist of the Year. They will be looking to repeat the success of Patrick Wiltshire, who won the 2008 National Final at The Eden Project last May. He is now planning to spend the travel bursary he won travelling North America in search of both native and cultivated American plants.
The 2009 competition promises to be bigger and better than ever with more than £10,000 worth of prizes on offer from a wide variety of sponsors, the competition is set to attract the highest calibre of horticultural students.

 



 

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