We are thrilled to be launching the 2024 Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition (YHoY) run by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, with the online Round 1 opening for entry on Thursday, 1 February 2024, the link can be found on our website and social media channels.

The competition is open to anyone across the UK and Ireland, who is under 30 on 31 July 2024.  Whether you are a student, apprentice or working in the industry, this is a fantastic opportunity to test your horticultural knowledge and network with a wide range of individuals from across the industry.

The winner of the competition gain’s the prestige title of ‘Young Horticulturist of the Year’ and will receive a £2,500 travel bursary from The Percy Thrower Trust, generously provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society.  The winner can undertake a trip, anywhere in the world, to study, complete work experience or embark on visits related to their chosen field of horticulture.

The Grand Final will be held on Thursday May 9 2024, and we are pleased to announce this year’s Grand Final will be held at Hestercombe House and Gardens, Taunton.

Hestercombe has a rich and diverse history, with the first written record of the estate in 682.  It is famous for its unique collection of gardens which span three centuries of garden history and design, first mentioned in a medieval charter in 1249. The formal Garden is hailed as one of the finest examples of the world-renowned partnership of Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens, skilfully restored to its former glory after the original Jekyll planting plans were discovered undisturbed in the potting shed after nearly 70 years. when restoration

Victoria George, the National Organiser said “Having studied garden design at university, I am so excited for this year’s venue! I can’t wait to provide an amazing day for the contestants and guests and crown another Young Horticulturist of the Year.’

To find out more about the competition and how to take part, visit the Young Horticulturist of the Year web page

Round 1 entries close on 29 February 2024 – don’t leave it too late to enter!

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2024 competition, please contact the Chartered Institute of Horticulture – Email: yhoy@horticulture.org.uk