0 Student wins exseedingly good prize

Lee McKenna with John Hughes of Johnsons Sport Seed and Tracy Walker landscapeReaseheath College horticulture student Lee McKenna has been presented with a 20kg bag of top quality grass seed after winning a regional competition.

Lee, 18, a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture student, won the £300 prize after entering a competition run by Johnsons Sport Seed, a global amenity grass breeder. He correctly answered questions about new seed mixtures and varieties during a visit to the company's stand at the British Turf Managers Exhibition in Harrogate.

Horticulture and sports turf students and staff from the Nantwich, Cheshire, college visit the exhibition each year to learn about the latest innovations and technology in the industry.

The seed is a new bent grass variety called Arrowtown which is particularly good for overseeding high quality golf greens. Introduced to market this year after many years in development, it is the top rated variety in UK independent trials.

The seed will be used to overseed some of Reaseheath's golf greens. It will also be used in trials by students looking at grass growth rate under differing situations.

Lee is a former pupil of St Thomas More School in Crewe and lives in the town. He is studying to be a garden landscaper and designer.

He said: "I didn't realise the amount of research and development which goes into each new seed variety and I'm looking forward to doing some growing trials."

Lee received his prize from John Hughes, Amenity Technical Manager at Johnsons Sport Seed, who delivered the bag to campus last week.

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