Student's design sees college win in gardening show

By Nigel Slater 24/05 Updated: 24/05 12:38

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Buy photos » Josh Egan-Wyer celebrates after his garden design helped win a silver medal for Pershore College at this month’s Malvern Spring Gardening Show. (s)

A VALE student has been celebrating after winning silver for his college in a prestigious gardening show.

Josh Egan-Wyer's hard efforts were rewarded after his garden design saw Pershore College achieve success at this year's Malvern Spring Gardening Show.

The second-year BSc Horticulture student's 'Humble Bee Garden' attracted much interest at the four-day event held earlier this month.

The garden had a tree as a focal point, supported by four planting areas containing herbaceous plants, herbs, grasses and annuals which are all beneficial to pollinating insects.

It also featured a special 'wine rope' which is a rope covered in wine and sugar to attract adult moths and other insects.

The 20-year-old said he was overwhelmed by the comments made about his garden by visitors to the annual show.

"I'm absolutely delighted that all the hard work has paid off and it makes it all worthwhile, especially with what the public have had to say about the garden," he said. "People said how fantastic it was and that it was almost worth it just coming to see our garden.

"We had an absolutely fantastic time building it. We got a lot of help from people some of whom were up at 4.30am to help and I could not have done it without them. This is a shared medal between everyone who helped."

Julia Page, assistant principal, added: "We are really proud of the gardens we had on display at this year's Spring Gardening Show. Staff and students put in many hours of effort to get them looking as good as they did on the weekend.

"The sun might not have shone throughout the event but I'm sure we brightened up a few people's day with our gardens."

Visitors to Pershore College's Open Day tomorrow (Saturday) will be able to see Josh's garden recreated in the college grounds. The event takes place at 10am until 4pm.

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