A horticulture student from Capel Manor College, Samantha Jackson, has been crowned the winner of the 2014 Mr Fothergill’s Award for the student who has demonstrated the highest skills in plant care, following her graduation from a Level 3 Horticulture Diploma at the college.
Praised by her lecturers and tutors at Capel Manor as a truly exceptional student, Samantha was recognised for her achievements and her passion for horticulture with a commemorative shield and a bursary of £500, which was awarded to her by Mr Fothergill’s company manager, John Fothergill.
The award comes after a very successful period of study at the college which has seen Samantha transform from working within a role in social care to establishing a successful and promising career in horticulture.
Receiving the award, Samantha said: “The bursary is most welcome as I take the next step in my horticultural career. I’m working as a growing and gardening assistant during the summer in Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ organic kitchen garden in Oxfordshire. It’s a three month placement working alongside the gardening team and dealing with all aspects of gardening in the vegetable garden”.
Following her graduation from Capel Manor College, Samantha will progress onto a prestigious traineeship in the RHS gardens at Rosemoor.
Capel Manor College has been a centre for horticultural studies since 1968 and has developed a reputation for excellence and strong links with industry. Other subjects offered at the college include Animal Care, Saddlery, Arboriculture, Countryside Studies, Garden Design and Floristry; all of which have led to the college being recognised as Greater London’s largest, and most prestigious, land-based training provider.