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James Wong is new RHS Ambassador

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hortjobsJames Wong, Countryfile presenter, ethnobotanist and best-selling author, is to be a new RHS Ambassador to encourage careers in horticulture.  James will be promoting the science of gardening and inspiring young people to consider a career in botany and horticulture.  He will be showing how important horticultural knowledge is for the planet in dealing with climate change, care for the environment, human, animal and plant health, pollination and much more.  James also presented the BBC series ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ about plant-based remedies sharing his passion for botany.

We're also passionate about promoting the opportunities that jobs in horticulture can provide - it's a diverse discipline that requires knowledge of many things: botany, biology, chemistry, business, alongside art and design (amongst others).  Horticulture is not often mentioned as a career choice for young people so it's great to hear that a very public figure in our field is willing to champion the cause.  We wish James every success in his ambassadorial role and would urge everyone to consider the opportunities available in horticulture just as much as you would any other career option.

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Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.

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  • Chris Saturday, 12 April 2014

    Very well said, I totally agree with your view, Horticulture requires a wealth of ability and knowledge and is not an easy option, what is needed is a great deal of dedication and hard work which will eventually reward the individual with a lifelong career.

    Any parent would be wise to not only to support their youngsters in this choice, but also to reap the rewards and enjoy being proud watching their own child develop and grow whilst their career choice is something so worthwhile locally, for the planet, and its people.

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  • Nicki Jackson Saturday, 12 April 2014

    Hi there, thanks for taking the time to comment, it is very encouraging to hear that other people are passionate about our industry and the importance of horticulture as a career choice. Let's hope someone as high profile as James Wong will help make a difference to young people's perception of horticulture in this country.

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