YoungHort is an initiative which was set up in 2013 by young horticulturists for other young horticulturists. Last week I attended the first ever YoungHort conference at RHS Wisley, it was a fantastic day with over a hundred people attending.
The day was packed with inspirational talks from James Wong, Paul Hervey-Brookes, Michael Perry, Leigh Morris and others, as well as talks from YoungHort ambassadors themselves. We had a great garden tour from the staff at Wisley and an ideas session at the end of the day about how to improve the image of horticulture amongst young people.
Overall it was a great opportunity to network with other people as well as horticultural organisations such as the Institute of Horticulture, the RHS and Grow Careers.
I only found out on the day that the YoungHort ambassadors managed to organise the event in just over a month, with the budget of a shoestring! It makes what they achieved even more impressive, I feel proud to be part of this initiative to promote young talent within the horticulture industry.
What made the day even more special was the fact one of my friends from Eden came all the way up from Cornwall for it. She stayed with me for a day before the conference, it was lovely to see her and catch up on each other’s news since we last saw each other in the New Year. I also met the new apprentice at Eden, and dragged along one of my work colleagues from Ashridge too!