Big chance for young gar­dener to shine

‘In­spir­ing young lady’ is pas­sion­ate about en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues

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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

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