Stalybridge Pupil ‘Honoured’ to be New RHS Young Ambassador
Thursday 5th November 2015 @ 12:23 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge

Green-fingered primary school pupil George Hassall, from Stalybridge, has been named the first Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Ambassador.

The honour was announced at the launch of RHS Vision, held at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show.

George, who was crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year Award in 2014, wowed the crowd, speaking confidently and passionately about his love of gardening and his new honour.

He joins Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, Adam Frost, James Wong and Nick Knowles as an RHS Ambassador.

A delighted George said: “Winning the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2014 has changed my life! Gardening and being outdoors is all I’ve ever known, really.

“It started when my family and I got involved in a community gardening project, with an allotment, orchard and beehives, and I’m always doing things like digging on the allotment, apple pressing and harvest festivals.

“I’m really passionate about the environment and it’s important for it to be protected. I’ve learnt all about how plants, insects and wildlife play a role in keeping the planet safe; that’s doing gardening at school is so important.

“I’m due to leave primary school soon and have recently been looking at high schools; the first thing I asked was, ‘where’s the garden?’.

“I will make sure that I champion gardening in my high school as I know the RHS Vision is to get more high schools gardening and signed up to its school gardening campaign and I hope I can help them with that.

“I will definitely be a gardener when I grow up and I will definitely do it as a hobby. I’d like to make sure I’m involved in some type of conservation work too- it’s really important to me.

“My dream is to be the Head Gardener at RHS Garden Wisley or Chatsworth House and maybe I’ll have a show garden at Chelsea one day!”

On his new role, George added: “It is an honour to be asked to be an RHS Young Ambassador. It’s a very big thing for me and my family are really proud.”