Green teen gardening machine up for award

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A green–fingered New Mills teen has been nominated for a top horticulture award for his knowledge an talent for gardening.

Thomas Galligan, who attends New Mills School Business and Enterprise College, has made it through to the next round of judging for Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young School Gardener of the Year 2013.

The 16–year–old will now produce a five minute film demonstrating why he should get the award, which will be judged by children’s TV star, Dom Wood, Blue Peter gardener, Chris Collins, The Sun’s gardening editor, Peter Seabrook and RHS staff.

Teacher Christine Barker said: “Tom has displayed a real sense of commitment to working alongside the school grounds man over the past five years, giving up his time freely after school and at weekends. He is enthusiastic and his behaviour is exemplary. Tom is a credit to the school and is an excellent ambassador. He deserves recognition for his endeavours.”