Capel Manor College wins Gold at Ideal Home Show

Capel Manor College is celebrating success with a Gold win for its show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year competition at the Ideal Home Show.

This year the contestants were tasked with designing and creating a front garden, including a front door and a path to inspire homeowners and passers-by. Capel’s design illustrates what can achieved in a front garden.

‘Garden Without a Boundary’ was designed by current Garden Design student Ollie Neaves to draw you through the garden on a journey to the front door illustrating how a garden can brighten up a home and neighbourhood.

Ollie says: “I’m so proud to have been given the opportunity to produce an amazing garden design and installation for Capel with the assistance of the great team of horticulture and landscaping students.

"We are all so pleased with the end result and seeing my garden design come to life from initial design proposals, through to detailed construction drawings and management of the build team. It’s been a great challenge for us all but the results speak for themselves – a well-deserved Gold Medal for the whole team!”

“The students worked really well as a team, they overcame some tough problems and finished the garden to a very high standard.” says Zephaniah Lindo, the Horticulture Lecturer leading the student team “The garden attracted a lot of attention from the other colleges and organisers and it was said that it raised the standard for future entrants. On the opening day the team was eager to interact with the judges, public and press and they found the whole experience very rewarding.”

The Young Gardeners of the Year competition, now in its seventh year, offer students a great opportunity to showcase their work and celebrate the best of young British talent in garden design and construction.

David Domoney, organiser of the competition said: “I’m immensely proud to work with HRH The Prince of Wales and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and to date we have given over 500 garden landscaping and design students the opportunity to build show gardens at a national event before they even leave the college gates.”

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