Cirencester College student’s innovative idea supported by Adam Henson

Cirencester College student Sam Groves has caught the attention of TV presenter Adam Henson with his winning idea for the Cotswold Challenge.

The Cotswold Challenge, launched earlier this year, encouraged enterprising and creative young people to get involved in a series of competitions. The categories were:

  • Art and Design 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking 

Sam, who studies Business and Geography, was awarded first place in the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking category with his design for an ergonomic blue tit nesting box. Adam Henson, TV presenter and farmer, was one of the judges for the competition, and was impressed with Sam’s idea – so much so that he contacted Sam and ordered four boxes for his Cotswold Farm Park!

Sam visited the farm park to deliver the bird boxes personally, and received a guided tour of the site and was shown where the boxes will be housed and how they will be put to good use.

Sam said: “Winning The Cotswold Challenge has given me the drive and determination to take my business even further. It has also allowed me to invest more into my business and try making new products for the range.”

Currently, Sam’s blue tit nesting boxes are stocked at Austin’s Country Store on the Love Lane Industrial Estate, Cirencester.