Big chance for young gardener to shine
‘Inspiring young lady’ is passionate about environmental issues
Nine-year-old Rosanna Wright, who attends Little Kingshill Combined School, is competing in the seven to 11-year-old category of the national competition and is battling against three other young gardeners for the coveted title.
The winner announced at ceremony at Horticultural flagship RHS Wisley in July.
Rosanna has been a ‘very enthusiastic’ participant her school’s Eco Club and enjoys learning about the different ways to plant.
Speaking about her love of gardening, teacher Helen McCammond said: “Rosanna has been a very enthusiastic participant in our after school Eco Club for a few years. She enjoys learning about the different ways to plant, for example, seeds, tubers and taking cuttings.
“Having been inspired, she has even persuaded her parents, along with her sister, to turn some of their garden at home over to growing fruits and vegetables. She takes on responsibility with gusto to man the stall at our summer fayre selling some of the plants that we have grown at school.
“Rosanna does not however stop at gardening. She is an incredible member of the Eco Council will be a special the Royal Society’s Garden team, and is articulate and passionate about environmental issues. After attending an Eco Trail Day recently she was appalled to discover that the packaging from her favour crisps manufacture, having been buried in the ‘Rot Zone’ for 10 years, had still not even begun to decompose. She is now on a mission to campaign and lobby for the crisps to be packaged in recyclable material.
“She really is an inspiring young lady.”
As a finalist Rosanna will need to create a fiveminute video showcasing her passion for gardening, the gardening work she’s undertaken in her school, and testimonials about her love of gardening from teachers and fellow pupils who work alongside her in the school garden.
A panel of gardening experts including television gardener Frances Tophill, gardening editor at The Sun newspaper Peter Seabrook and RHS 2015 School Gardening champion Peter Edwards will judge the entries this month to identify their category winners.
As a category finalist Rosanna will receive a specially engraved hand trowel, while her school will receive a £10 Thompson and Morgan seed voucher.
Should Rosanna win the overall title and be crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2016, she will have the opportunity to spend a day working with RHS gardeners and receive tickets for either the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 or RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2017.
As part of the prize her school will receive £100 worth of Thompson and Morgan seeds and an extra £250 in National Garden Gift vouchers.
Young gardener Rosanna Wright who is up for a top award