STUDENTS part of Midland Regional Growers Apprenticeship Scheme entered for a prestigious award at Malvern Spring Festival.

The festival, which was held between Thursday and Sunday, had an apprentice of the year award which saw 13 students from the scheme enter.

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has always been involved in apprenticeship schemes and is keen to be involved in the future development and integration of the younger generation into the horticultural industry. The two current apprentices are due to complete their studies in September, with new applications for

the apprenticeship being advertised now.

Arthur Dawes and Billy Wilce, currently apprentices at Bransford Webbs were part of this group, and met celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh.

During the meeting he described to them how his career had started as an apprentice in horticulture.

“The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are dedicated to encouraging a new generation into production horticulture”, said Geoff Caesar, managing director.

“Without our dedicated and highly skilled nursery staff, Bransford Webbs would not be in the position we are today.”