Land­scape gar­dener builds his way to top

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

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

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