RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2017

Supported by Gabriel Ash

Sam Bristow
11 years old from Wells Park Primary, Chigwell
KS2/P3-6 Finalist

About Sam

Sam has been pivotal in reinvigorating an abandoned garden that had not been tended to for five years, single-handedly cutting back the overgrowth, digging over the soil and planning what crops he would grow in his notebook. The garden has become a place for Sam to focus his energy positively and he is always keen to keep it looking its best for visitors and other pupils to enjoy.

Judges' comments

“Sam seems to have conquered his anger issues through redirecting his energies, and it is a pleasure to see.”

"Sam has made such a positive impact on his school through gardening and in turn, it has had a positive impact on him."

Sam's entry video


See the profiles of our other winners and finalists:

Fraser White
Jermaine Pennant Dennis
Tallis Inger-Flecker
Beth Stroud

KS1/P1-2 Finalists
Alice Saxton
Jamie Akehurst
Liam Smith

KS2/P3-6 Finalists
Cody Marie Cass
Tyler Boorer

KS3/P7-S2 Finalists
Luke Robertson
Mack Thomas
Tom Treves

KS4/S2-3 Finalists
Ivanira Dos Santos
Liam Richardson
Rhys Bradbury

View the winners and finalists from previous years:

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2016

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2015

We've won awards!

Winner of the Drum Marketing Awards 2017
Winner of the ERA 2017 awards
Winner of the Third Sector 2017 awards