Landscape gardener builds his way to top
A LANDSCAPE gardener is one step closer to being named Young Horticulturist of the Year after reaching the grand final.
Nathan Foulds, 28, from Macclesfield, won the North West and North Wales regional final of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s competition and will go on to compete in the grand final.
Nathan, who is a student at Reaseheath College and has recently launched his own landscape gardening and maintenance business, Franklee Gardens, excelled in the competition where students had to ‘buzz in’ with their answer to tough questions on horticulture.
He won a £150 cash prize and a spade and fork provided by Bulldog Tools, and has now qualified for the national final with a chance to win a £2,500 travel bursary sponsored by the Shropshire Horticulture Society through The Percy Thrower Trust.
Nathan, who used to work in retail but left to follow his passion for plants, said: “I was very surprised to win, but really delighted.
“The knowledge and skills I’ve learned during my studies at Reaseheath really helped me and it was nice to have the support of my tutor and family.”
Nathan, who gained his RHS Level 2 Certificate (theory) at Reaseheath College last year and is now studying for his Level 2 Certificate (practical), will join seven other finalists at the University Centre, Shrewsbury, in May.
He hopes to complete his RHS Level 3 course next autumn and has been awarded funding through the Professional Gardeners Trust.
Sue Nicholas, Young Horticulturist of the Year action group chair and regional organiser said: “Over 2,500 young people are eligible for this competition.
“Those who qualified for the regional final have done really well and of course Nathan should be congratulated for his success in getting through to the national final.
“We wish him and the other finalists well.”
Nathan Foulds, from Macclesfield, is named the winner by question master Robert MacKey