RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2016

Matthew Cossins
15 years old from Ryedale School, Nawton
KS4/S3-4 Winner

About Matthew

Matthew has been heavily involved in the design and creation of the school’s new community garden and with his team, ensures that the garden always look immaculate. Matthew communicates with the food department in school to let them know when herbs and food crops are in season and is currently leading in the Rocket Science experiment. He demonstrates a passion for gardening and shows real care with community projects.

Judges' comments

“Matthew is an exceptional gardener who leads by example and nurtures others. He is incredibly skilled and also dedicated. I have no doubt he will go on to be a Head Gardener one day; the future of horticulture would be very safe in Matthew’s hands.”
“Matthew showed ambition and drive and has a bright career in horticulture ahead of him. He possess all of the key skills and knowledge for keeping a successful garden and it’s wonderful to see him passing on that knowledge to younger students.”
“A great ambassador for promoting horticulture to young people with strong leadership skills. His propagation demonstration was absolutely perfect. A very strong contender.”

Matthew's entry video


See the profiles of our other winners and finalists:

Fred Wilcox
Kenzo Marbrow-Wright
Molly Hall

KS1/P1-2 Finalists
Alice Smallman
Harrison Coombs
Louisa Mossman

KS2/P3-6 Finalists
Imani Fenton-Roach
Jack Hazell
Rosanna Wright

KS3/P7-S2 Finalists
Dylan Ayling
Eòghainn Simpson
Jess Buckle

KS4/S2-3 Finalists
Keri Kerr
Liam Luckhurst
Thomas McBride

View the winners and finalists from previous years:

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2015

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