New Mills teen wins national gardening award

Tom Galligan, of New Mills, receives his award for young school gardener of the year from the Duchess of Cornwall at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Tom Galligan, of New Mills, receives his award for young school gardener of the year from the Duchess of Cornwall at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

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A New Mills student was named young school gardener of the year at the world’s largest flower show last week.

Tom Galligan, 16, was presented with the award by the Duchess of Cornwall at the annual event at Hampton Court Palace, in London, last Wednesday.

The budding gardener, who attends New Mills School Business and Enterprise College, won the nationwide competition, which was open to six to 16-year-olds, for demonstrating advanced gardening knowledge for his age, a tremendous passion and skills to grow a wide range of plants.

Tom, who volunteers for the college’s nursery enterprise, also showed an excellent understanding of environmental and sustainable issues.

The green-fingered teen said: “I first got into gardening when I was five and the reason I became interested was because my dad would grow vegetables in the garden which I’d eat and really enjoy, and it all carried on from there.

“Being given the title of RHS young gardener of the year is brilliant, but being able to meet the Duchess of Cornwall makes it all the more special. I think it’s so important to encourage people my age to get into gardening and this award will, I’m sure, help achieve this.”

Tom won a day with an RHS gardener and tickets to either the Hampton Court Palace or Tatton Park flower shows, while his school will receive £500 of gardening vouchers.