Lecturer scoops gold in gardening event

A COLLEGE lecturer has shown he has gold fingers after taking on the world at an international gardening event.

A COLLEGE lecturer has shown he has gold fingers after taking on the world at an international gardening event.

Otley College lecturer Jody Lidgard joined Chris Beardshaw from BBC's Gardeners World at the Hamamatsu Festival in Japan and took on ten other countries by building an English show garden at the renowned competition which takes place every four years.

The pair scooped a gold medal for their efforts after battling 60mph winds and lashing rain over the week-long festival. It was estimated that more than 200,000 visitors saw the garden.

Mr Lidgard also plans to set up an exchange programme so college learners will get the opportunity of a visit to Asia as part of his landscape and garden design course.

He said: “This whole Japanese experience was amazing and I will be pulling out all the stops to try and sort out the student exchange programme.”

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