Local College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise horticulture student, David Love-Cameron, is the first winner of a new scholarship that will enable him to work alongside one of the UK’s top chefs at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford.
Love-Cameron from Newtonabbey, will observe and participate in the process of designing, building and planning the new Heritage Garden at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant, according to a report in Newtonabbey Times.
The Heritage Garden Competion, which was run in conjunction with Le Manoir Restaurant, Garden Organic, Hartley Botanic and the Society of Garden Designers, is aimed at raising awareness of the national charity Garden Organic, which promotes organic gardening methods.
The scholarship application involved a two-part process including a paper application and an interview in Oxford, which Love-Cameron — who is currently a part-time student on the Foundation Degree in Horticulture — successfully completed.
Blanc was said to have praised Love-Cameron for his commitment, enthusiasm and determination.
Love Cameron said: “I know this will be an incredible opportunity to put my academic learning at Greenmount into practice, and to build on my experience to date. It will hopefully kick start the next stage in my career; that of becoming a professional, working horticulturist employing the highest standards in organic practice”.