Reece McNaughton, an 18-year-old apprentice from Kelso, won the Horticulture category at Lantra Scotland’s annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Reece was also Overall Runner-up for the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year. The horticulture category runner-up spot went to 22-year-old Jennifer Wright from Dunfermline.
Reece said: “It’s great to win these awards, so a big thank you to everyone at Mertoun Estate Gardens, my tutors at Borders College and Lantra Scotland. Winning the horticulture category is one thing, but to be second overall is unbelievable. Winning will give me a lot of confidence and self-belief and I’m sure will help me get to where I want to be in my career.”
The 2018 Learner of the Year Awards were organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries.