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Bridport & Lyme Regis News – Adrianne Maslen – 28 July 2010

A YOUNG gardener has pulled off a shock win at a major horticultural show.

Former Woodroffe School head-boy Hugo Bugg, 23, walked away with the double honours of Best in Show and RHS Young Designer of the Year award at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. He was singled out at the Cheshire competition for his unusual garden, which is themed around Liverpool’s Albert Dock.

The green-fingered talent was pitted against two other finalists in the designer competition and 10 other show gardens in the Best in Show garden category.

Hugo, who studied garden design in Cornwall, said: “Winning Best in Show on top of Designer of the Year is something I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams and I think it’s going to take a while for it to sink in. I entered the competition to win it, but am still amazed that I’ve gone on to take the title of Young Designer and beaten off such amazing competition.”

Hugo, from Trinity Hill near Axminster, puts a large part of his success down to help from his friends James and Dhundi from Himalayan Landscaping. He went to school at Mrs Ethelston’s Primary in Uplyme and Woodroffe School in Lyme, before going on to study garden design at Falmouth University.

RHS Shows organiser Bob Sweet said Hugo was a truly worthy winner. He added: “Hugo’s achievement is phenomenal, to not only win an RHS Gold Medal but on top of this to achieve the accolade of Best in Show was something we never imagined our Young Designer to walk away with.”

Hugo beat hundreds of other hopefuls and received £12,000 to construct the garden at Tatton. All three finalists had to reflect an aspect of the North West of England in their garden. Hugo compared horticulture and architecture at Albert Dock in his garden and used the same construction materials as those used on listed buildings on the Liverpool waterfront.

Mr Sweet said that judges considered the constructive detail of Hugo’s garden and his choice of materials to be exceptional. He added: “Hugo has very cleverly delivered a garden that is both intimate but also has a very useable space.”

Hugo’s next challenge will be to work alongside the team that will create Laurent-Perrier’s RHS Chelsea garden in 2011.