The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announced its first Young Ambassador at the launch of the RHS Vision last night. Ten year-old George Hassall, from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, attended the event at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show where his new role was announced.
George spoke confidently and passionately on the night about his love and gardening and his new honour. Having been crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year in 2014, he will now join Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, Adam Frost, James Wong and Nick Knowles as an RHS Ambassador.
Speaking on the achievement, George said: “What a year it has been since winning RHS Young School Gardener of the Year in 2014; it changed my life. I’m really passionate about the environment and it’s important for it to be protected for the future, which is another reason why the RHS and its Vision 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 years. 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.”
On his new role at the RHS, 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. I look forward to inspiring other children to get involved in gardening and have fun.”
RHS Ambassadors champion areas of horticulture that they are passionate about, using their profiles and expertise to convey that passion to a wider audience.
George’s announcement came during the launch of the RHS Vision, hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, which set the Society’s plans to enrich everyone’s lives through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. To do this, the RHS will help to create a more sustainable and better society, now and for generations to come, through a £100 million investment in horticulture.
As the world’s leading gardening charity, the RHS aims to inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital role that plants undertake. They believe that everyone, everywhere deserves contact with plants and to experience gardening to enrich their lives and improve their surroundings.