Wakefield gardener takes aim at Chelsea Flower Show

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Wakefield gardener Jamie Butterworth will exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show in May

Jamie Butterworth, 27, designed his garden for children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

He said: “Children’s mental health has never been more important.

“Fifty percent of people with a lifetime mental health problem first developed symptoms before the age of 14.”

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Jamie now lives in Berkshire but his parents still live in Durkar and he frequently visits his hometown.

He says: “I had a passion for plants from the age of eight, although neither my parents nor my grandparents, or in fact, anyone in my family was a gardener.

“I spent my teenage years growing vegetables in my grandparents’ garden.

“I grew show carrots and onions and showed them at local vegetable shows.

“One year I won the Longest Carrot award at the Horbury District Show.”

At the age of 17, Jamie battled hundreds of other contestants to come fourth in the BBC’s Young Gardener of the Year.

He studied at Askham Bryan College in York, then at RHS Garden Wisley.

In 2016 he became one of eight Royal Horticultural Society Ambassadors alongside Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry and Nick Knowles.

Jamie spent four years working for a company growing plants for the Chelsea Flower Show, then in 2018 he started his own business.

He said: “I wrote a book for the RHS called Fifty Plants You Can’t Kill.

“With the proceeds I bought a van, tools and a computer and the business grew from there.”

Jamie made RHS history in 2019 when he won all four main awards at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – Best in Show, People’s Choice, Best Build and Gold Medal.

Then in 2020 he launched Form Plants which supplies the landscaping industry with trees and plants.

Jamie’s Chelsea design was developed with input from staff and pupils at a West London primary school and after the show it will be moved to the school grounds.

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