Sutton gardening teen Jordan wins gardening competition

Jordan Havell pictured with his latest haul of awards.
Jordan Havell pictured with his latest haul of awards.

A gardening enthusiast from Sutton on Sea has been recognised nationally after winning Mr Fothergill’s National Sweet Pea competition.

It was the first time that teenager Jordan Havell, 13, has had a go at the competition to grow sweet pea flowers and then document his progress along the way.

Jordan began growing his flowers at the beginning of the year and thanks to his successful growing skills, secured himself a first place in the junior class.

An excited Jordan commented: “I am really pleased to have won the junior class, especially as it was my first attempt at trying 
out such a big national competition like this.

“I was a little worried at first, that I wouldn’t have any plants to send in to be judged, as the flowers seemed to have a few slow start.

“It wasn’t until the final days coming up to the deadline a couple of weeks ago that the plant came into flower, 
which I was thrilled with.

“So, being able to get them sent off in the end was great and to actually win my class was the icing on the cake.”

Jordan is now thinking about how to spend the £130 of gardening vouchers he won, and he is proud to have his winning certificate and rosette (pictured above).

The winning plants were also shown on display with pride recently at Capel Manor, where hundreds of people stopped to admire his prize winning flowers.

To add to his growing collection of achievements, Jordan has also been commended by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young School Gardener of the Year, which is a welcomed addition to his green-fingered portfolio. Jordan also recently received a silver Blue Peter badge, bringing his collection of badges up to five.