Sutton on Sea teen's talents are growing

A gardening and animal enthusiast from Sutton on Sea is growing from strength to strength after recently receiving a haul of awards and prizes.

Jordan Havell, pictured with his recent hoard of certificates, official letters and prizes.

Jordan Havell may only be 14, but he has more knowledge about gardening and protecting marine animals than most adults.

His skills have now been reflected following a number of awards, prizes and official letters he has recently received.

Some of his most notable highlights have included a letter from Prince Harry’s office inviting him to be part of The Royal Foundation’s Work with United for Wildlife following a letter he wrote to him outlining his recent animal protection work.

This work has involved him designing posters which include all the vital information that people need to know if they see a mammal washed upon the beach.

It also led to him being able to distribute these posters to 400 town council’s across the country for their consideration for use.

Jordan has expressed his happiness of his recent animal protection work being recognised: “I am really happy that the posters I have been working on since I was 12 have now been passed on to 400 town councils. It’s amazing.

“Plus to receive a letter back from Prince Harry’s office was something I wasn’t expecting.”

Jordan also received a letter from Sir David Attenborough, congratulating him on his local animal work and the contributions he has made.

He added: “To receive a letter from Sir David Attenborough has definitely been one of the highlights of my year so far, it is very cool.”

In the horticultural world, Jordan has just completed the Rocket Science school’s project, headed up by the Royal Horticultural Society and the European Space Agency.

It was a UK wide initiative where a number of seeds were taken up to space with 
British astronaut Tim Peake.

The seeds were then returned to earth and given to the participants of the experiment to grow alongside another pack on seeds that remained on earth.

But until just recently, Jordan had no clue which seeds were which, but found out the packet of seeds that went into space grew better.

“The Rocket Science experiment was really fun to do and it was great to do something that was a bit more challenging,” Jordan said.

He has also won a number of awards after entering competitons with the RHS.

Jordan added: “I would just like to say a big thank you to Woodthorpe Garden Centre for supplying me with seeds and plants which has helped me enter all these recent competitions.”