A volunteer who has transformed railway gardens in south west Scotland and a community gardener who has turned his passion into a career have been named as Scotland’s Gardeners of the Year by Gardening Scotland 2018.
Louis Wall from Newton Stewart is the founder of the South West Scotland Rail Adopters Gardening Group, which maintains the gardens at more then 20 stations between Gretna, Stranraer and Glasgow. Every year he grows 5,000 bedding plants and, at the height of summer, he travels 1000 miles a week by train helping to maintain the colourful displays.
William Pollock, who won the Young Gardener of the Year title, began as a volunteer while still a teenager at a garden project in Dunlop, where his hard work, enthusiasm and willingness to learn brought him to the attention of local firm, McLarens Nursery, who offered him a job.
Now, three years on, he is a valued member of staff.
The pair were awarded with their titles at Gardening Scotland 2018 by award sponsor, Colin Barrie, of Caulders Garden Centres and Bill Peebles, Director, Gardening Scotland.
Colin Barrie said: “It is fantastic to be able to recognise two people who are making a great contribution to gardening in Scotland,” and Bill Peebles said: “The judges were highly impressed by both Louis and William. Amongst some very high quality candidates, they both proved to be outstanding.”