Garden and greenhouse degrees handed out

A number of students have been awarded masters degrees from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at a prize giving ceremony in London.

The Horticultural Halls played host to the RHS Presentation Day, where a number of gongs were given out, including eight MHort awards.

Honours included the Bursary Advisor Committee Prize for the highest standard of report writing, which was awarded to Stuart McPherson, of Dorset, for his report on pitcher plants through South East Asia.

Meanwhile, Chiswick resident Louise Furniss won the Centenary Prize for the RHS level 2 General Certificate in Horticulture.

The event was the perfect chance to celebrate the success of the successful candidates, explained RHS president Elizabeth Banks.

"If we can recreate the success here today, we will, I hope, have ambassadors to spread the word about the RHS and make horticulture a career to be proud of," director general Sue Biggs added.
Among those picking up their MHort Awards was Rosie Yeomans, who wrote her piece on how the delivery of an RHS course can be adapted to maximise the success of the learners.

Meanwhile, the RHS recently reported that volunteers in Cumbria have been planting thousands of trees to help guard against flooding.