Capel Manor College aiming for gold

Capel Manor College is hoping to win gold again at this year’s Young Gardeners of the Year competition, being held at the prestigious Ascot race course during the Ascot Spring Garden Show.

The Young Gardeners of the Year competition, now in its eighth year was created by celebrity gardener David Domoney working with the Prince’s Foundation.

The Capel Manor College and Gardens apprenticeship student team can’t wait to present ‘Kelleway’s Corner’, their back garden haven to inspire city dwellers. Their design showcases what can be achieved in an urban garden with a touch of equestrian as a subtle salute to the competition’s racing venue.

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“The team’s commitment and enthusiasm is high, I am already proud of what they have achieved” says Julie Dowbiggin, Garden Manager at Capel and lead advisor to the team “This will be the student’s first show garden, they are re-using materials from the College where they can and are building all connected structures themselves. The colour theme of the design is based on the silks of Gay Kelleway, the first female jockey to win Royal Ascot back in 1987 on Sprowston Boy and held that title for 30 years.”


Students from six of the UK’s top landscaping and horticultural colleges, will be competing to be crowned the Young Gardeners of the Year.

The competition aims to champion young green talent and give students first-hand experience of creating professional show gardens from scratch.


Visit for further information about the College’s garden design and gardening courses for young people and adults.

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