Students from Sussex will compete in a BBC Gardeners’ World competition.

Pupils studying landscaping and horticulture at Plumpton College will showcase their skills when they take on the College Gardens competition at the TV show’s Spring Fair.

Plumpton College will go head to head with Merrist Wood College in Guildford and Capel Manor College in Enfield, North London.

Award-winning garden designer Cherry Carmen, a BBC Gardeners’ World Live gold medallist, will mentor the competing college teams as they create budget-friendly garden designs with the theme "gardening in a challenging climate".

Plumpton College’s entry, called Hort Couture - Less Is More, is a courtyard garden inspired by fashion.

The garden features upcycled elements including a catwalk path made from recycled rubber and buttons, a green wall system made using denim pockets, clothes rail climbers and coat hanger sculptures.

The competition is held at Beaulieu in the New Forest from May 3 to 5.
“It’s fantastic to see the next generation of landscapers and horticulturists tackling such an important theme in such creative ways,” said Lucy Tremlett, head of horticultural division at Immediate Live, organisers of the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair.

“We can’t wait to see the college competition gardens in situ at Beaulieu.”