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Global Stone sponsor Writtle College in the Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year 2016




The team behind the Writtle College entry to the 'Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year 2016' competition have been busy making the final preparations to their Show Garden which will be unveiled at the Ideal Home Show on Friday 18 March.

We are proud to have supported Writtle college in this annual competition for several years and were delighted when the Writtle team won Best in Show, a Gold medal and the People's Choice award last year featuring our beautiful Petrous Premium Porcelain Latte. This year sees six of the UK's leading horticultural colleges go head-to-head, to create stunning sustainable urban gardens, that will be seen by a quarter of a million visitors at the Ideal Home Show.

The event is organised by TV Gardener David Domoney, in association with the Prince's Foundation for Building Community. The Prince's Foundation sets clear guidelines for the garden design based on organic and sustainable principles and this year there is a new focus on education. The Prince's Foundation has tasked the Young Gardeners with incorporating elements of an educational garden into the design which should aim to inspire young people to reconnect with nature.

Writtle Lecturers in Horticulture, Ben Wincott and Nigel Beckford, are providing guidance to the team of FE Level 3 Horticulture students who are designing and building this year's Writtle College entry (Ciaran Randall, Lewis Potter, Lynn Lewin, Fabian Thompson, Louise Wells, Tyler Stamp, Kate Cox, Daniel Shepheard and Declan Byrne).

This year we are delighted to provide more of our stunning porcelain to help the students create a quality innovative show garden. This year the Writtle Team have chosen Albero Chestnut, which has a beautiful wood effect in a rich colour and the Toscana Almond which they are innovatively using as walling. 

The show gardens will be judged by an expert panel, which includes horticultural industry leaders, home and garden magazine editors and acclaimed garden designers. Entrants will compete to win the gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze awards. The overall winner will receive the Best in Show award, and visitors will be able to vote for the winner of the People's Choice Award.

Good luck to the Writtle College team!



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