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Friday, 20 April 2012 16:03

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David Domoney launches the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year competition to celebrate the first ever National Gardening Week on Get Kids Growing day.

Popular TV Gardener, David Domoney will be launching the first RHS Young School Gardener of the Year, at RHS Show Cardiff 2012 (20-22 April), on Friday 20 April, part of the first National Gardening Week.

Pupils from St John's College, Cardiff, will get the chance to meet David on Friday 20 April at 10.30PM, and go on a tour of the Show. As well as meeting David, the children will be given gardening books and the school will receive £50 of gardening vouchers.

David Domoney said: ‘My love for gardening began when I was at school and it's for this reason that I feel the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year is such an important initiative. I can't wait to meet the kids - gardening is a great way for them to learn whilst having fun - so I'm sure we'll have a laugh!'

David has recently been a gardening expert on shows such as Daybreak and The Tonight Show, and presented his own programme, called Garden ER. He is also currently working on an exciting new gardening project for ITV1.

Rachael Cooper, a Teacher at St John's College, said: ‘The children are all very excited about meeting David Domoney for the launch of the first RHS Young School Gardener of the Year competition. I know they have a million questions to ask him, so he better be ready! We are also looking forward to finding out what he thinks about our Wheelbarrow - so much thought and effort has gone into creating it, we really hope he likes it.'

Jacky Chave, RHS Strategic Schools Manager, says: ‘We're delighted David will be launching the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year competition with us. His success in the gardening world is inspirational: he's a fantastic role-model for any young person who is interested in gardening so a very apt person to be launching the competition.'

Aimed at gardeners up to the age of 16, the annual competition is a key initiative in the first National Gardening Week (16-22 April). Each day is themed and the quest to find the nation's most skilled and enthusiastic young gardener, will be launched on Friday 20 April, ‘Get Kids Growing Day'.

Divided into four age groups and aimed at RHS Campaign for School Gardening schools, A winner of each age group will receive gardening tools and £500 in garden gift vouchers for their schools. The overall winner, crowned Young School Gardener of the Year 2012, will spend a day at an RHS Garden of their choice, working with an RHS gardener and receive family tickets to either RHS Tatton Park Flower Show or RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013, some garden tools and £500 in garden gift vouchers for their school.

RHS Show Cardiff takes place at the end of National Gardening Week, and is the perfect venue to launch a competition celebrating the green-fingered champions of tomorrow. The show is already a big hit with the youngsters, through its Schools Wheelbarrow Competition, which exhibits the imaginative planting of pupils from some 70 schools in South Wales.

For more information on the RHS Young School Gardening of the Year go to www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening'

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