Richard Moore and Emily Marston Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2019

Winner Richard Moore and runner-up Emily Marston 

Kew horticulturist and Pershore graduate Richard Moore has won Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2019 after an exciting grand final at Kew.

Moore, who graduated with a first-class honours degree in Horticulture in 2017, will receive the £2,500 travel bursary provided by the Percy Thrower Trust.

He will be able to use it to fund horticultural travel anywhere in the world and is planning a trip to Japan to study various aspects of horticulture in the country.

“Being a part of the Young Horticulturalist of the Year has been an incredible experience which has pushed me to improve my horticultural knowledge and has allowed me to make many new friends and connections within the horticultural industry,” he said.

Moore was tied with Emily Marston at the end of the competition which then went through three tie-break rounds. Normally second place wins a prize of £950 but this year the competition's main sponsor, Shropshire Horticultural Society, announced that they would give Marston, a horticultural apprentice at RHS Harlow Carr, a £2,000 travel bursary.

Third place went to Sally Newbrook, a horticulturist working at RHS Garden Rosemoor following a student placement atTresco Abbey Gardens and since gaining her RHS Level Practical Certificate.

The runners up in the competition were Ben Clansey (horticulturalist at Royal Oak Landscape Design), Owen Harlow (horticulturalist at The National Trust for Scotland), Mark Matthews (Professional Gardeners Guild trainee at The National Botanic Garden of Wales), Frances Porter (Professional Gardens Guild trainee at Waddesdon Manor) and Leo Walsh (horticulturalist at Universal Floral).

To take part in the 2020 contest, Entry to the competition is free and open to anyone below the age of 30 on 31 July next year.