Aiming to be top in their field

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A GREEN-FINGERED student is hoping success will blossom after gaining a place in a national competition.

David Kennedy is in the running to become The Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year (YHOY).

Students and apprentices studying horticulture at East Durham College’s Houghall campus, gained the top three spots in the Durham heats.

David, 21, was followed by Sean Mullen, 19, and Ryan Cowell.

The YHOY northern regional final will take place on Sunday, March 25, at Alnwick Castle Gardens, Northumberland.

The students will be challenged on a range of horticultural issues.

Dawn James, curriculum leader for land and plant studies at Houghall, said: “I am very pleased that the students managed to gain the places they did.

“They all worked really hard and there were some very close runners-up.”

The winner of the regional final will then go on to compete at the grand final being held at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh on Saturday, May 5.

Almost 2,000 people entered this year’s YHOY.