RHS Young Reporters 2017
See Hampton Court Palace Flower Show through fresh eyes
Fourteen young people aged 16-24 were selected from Surrey Youth Collective and the National Citizenship Service to report from the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for the first time in 2017, as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund development at RHS Garden Wisley. Alongside media teams from across the world, they tested their communication skills to support their future careers and inspire people to get into gardening and growing.
An array of garden designers, celebrities and charities were interviewed by the young volunteers. This exclusive experience enabled them to fully immerse themselves in horticulture and learn first-hand what it takes to create spectacular show gardens.
In an attempt to highlight some of the planet's grand challenges our reporters split into groups to report on three key themes:
In each case, they wanted to learn more about threats to global sustainability, whilst finding out about how young people could get into gardening or other green jobs.
Food, health and green cities
To discover how gardens can improve standards of living, Surrey Youth Collective talked to garden designer Martyn Wilson, The Hairy Bikers, model Kelly Brook and The Instant Gardener, Danny Clarke.
All about community
Our second group of young people were on a mission to uncover green solutions that can bring communities together. They talked to BBC presenter and passionate gardener Adam Frost, interviewed young people with no gardens and talked to the charity Blind Veterans UK.
The National Citizenship Service reporters were interested in how gardening could support a changing world. They met Tusk, a charity campaigning to ban illegal ivory trade, and learnt how two young designers want to save our planet by saving water.