Young gardeners show how it’s done

Young gardeners show how it’s done

The award for School Gardening Team of the Year 2016 from Stafford Manor High School.

A green-fingered six-year-old has been named RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2016. Fred Wilcox, who attends Trafalgar Infant School in Twickenham, beat youngsters from across the country to the national title.

Judge and Curator of RHS Garden Harlow Carr Robert Brett says, “Fred showed some brilliant demonstrations of planting and taking cuttings, which are amazing to see in someone who is only six years old. He is clearly an ideas man, thinking of ways to improve the garden and encourage other children to get involved.”

Overall winner Fred Wilcox receives his award from Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year Lawrence Wright.

Images: RHS/Charlotte Bromley Davenport Photography

The award for School Gardening Team of the Year 2016 went to pupils from Stafford Manor High School. Staff member Gordon Taylor says, “Stafford Manor High School is a small school, at the heart of a tough, working-class community. Exam results aren’t that good, but new and engaging projects such as the garden are part of the transformational plan.


“Local support is strong; contacts have unstintingly provided offcut timber to build ten raised beds and tonnes of recycled topsoil to fill them. The whole Year 7 cohort has responded superbly, taking on every task with unbridled enthusiasm.”

You can watch videos created by the winning gardeners and other finalists on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening’s YouTube page at


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