RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2015
16 years old from Linwood High School in Linwood, Renfrewshire
Dean is an inspiration to many in the school’s gardening club and a wonderful example of what gardening can do for a person. Before the garden was created, Dean was a quiet boy who rarely spoke but then he found gardening. The whole school came together to build the Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden and Outdoor Learning Centre, a garden to commemorate the life of the former pupil. Dean was heavily involved in building the garden, spending hours on hard landscaping and sowing and growing plants to bring it to life. Here Dean found his voice.
Dean has a genuine interest in horticulture and has even convinced his father to let him use a section of garden at home to grow fruit and vegetables. He spent a recent bout of work experience at a local nursery where he was propagating, watering and potting up plants which he thoroughly enjoyed and was offered a summer job there as a result. Dean helps with the local Linwood in Bloom group and is working with over 260 pupils from other local schools. In just a couple of years, Dean’s confidence and knowledge has grown immeasurably and is a credit to his school and community.
“Dean showed that he has a real passion for horticulture and understands the benefits on a wider scale, both in school and within the community. He gives his time and energy to all sorts of horticultural projects and showed a great skill and knowledge. People like Dean make the world a better place.”
“Dean, you are a true horticulturist. Your ideas, keenness and knowledge really shine through. I hope to see you in the near future at flower shows and other horticultural events. Well done.”
“We were so impressed by the way Dean works with so many different people, both children and adults in the local community. You are a true ambassador for gardening Dean!”
“Dean’s dedication to gardening and horticulture really come through in his video - from doing his bit to help us get Greening Grey Britain to performing his own plant trials at home. Coupled with his enterprising ideas and an in-depth plant knowledge, Dean is a worthy finalist for this year’s Young School Gardener of the Year.”
“Dean’s immense knowledge and thought for others is a great asset to him, he has shown a great deal of enthusiasm to his local community.”
Dean's entry video