FINISHING touches are being made to the Writtle College's team design for a national competition.

A group of 14 students will be displaying their work at the Young Gardeners of the Year contest in March as part of the Ideal Home Show in London's Earls Court.

Going up against five other colleges, the team will construct a 5.5m by 4m sustainable garden to inspire city dwellers.

Lecturer Ben Wincott said: "This is a really exciting project that has filled the students with enthusiasm.

"They have been developing their ideas and the design over the last few weeks and I think it will be inspiring, thought provoking and a showcase of what they can achieve."