Hi, my name’s George, I’m 13 and I live near Manchester, with my Mum, Dad & dog, Buddy. I absolutely love gardening and wildlife and don’t mind describing myself as a nature nerd and gardening geek. Both gardening & wildlife, fill me with joy and when I’m outside, I feel really relaxed and all my worries just disappear.
I mainly garden at home, with my Dad, but I also help out at local community gardens & orchards. At home, our garden is a bit ‘higgledy piddley’ as it’s built into a hill, with 3 raised beds, where we grow veggies and herbs, a small pond, fruit trees & bushes and various shrubs and trees. There’s also a front, back & side yard with various growing spaces and a small greenhouse, where we start some plants off from seeds.
I’m a huge fan of Japanese Gardens and love how water can be used in landscaping. I get lots of inspiration from visiting show gardens and those belonging to country estates; though my best ideas come from the natural landscapes.
You name it, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, I love them all ! But if pushed, I suppose my biggest passion is for birds, in fact I’d say I was obsessed. My best day would be walking around a nature reserve, on a coastal walk or in the countryside. I once said on the way to a nature reserve, “If my heart had a face, it would be smiling right now, I was that excited”. Just so you know my favourite bird is a peregrine falcon, now there’s a bird!
RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2014
In 2014, when I was 8 I won the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year for my achievements in my Primary School Garden, at home and with the community group, Operation Farm
Here I am receiving my award from Frances Tophill at RHS Garden Wisley. It was the most incredible day.
RHS Ambassador 2015
In October 2015 I was announced as the first ever RHS Young Ambassador; my job is to inspire other children to share my passion for gardening and the natural world. Since then I have spoken at the Houses of Parliament about young people in horticulture, made several appearances on CBBC’s Blue Peter and Newsround, been a junior journalist at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower for First News and watched the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show build, which was filmed for Gardeners’ World.
Nature Star for the RSPB
In December 2018 I was asked by the RSPB to help them with their 40th year Big Garden Birdwatch Campaign. It was an amazing experience and I met one of my wildlife heroes, Chris Packham
If you share my passion for gardening and wildlife, please get in touch. I’m always looking for guest bloggers too, especially from kids like me.
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