Heathfield apprentice Tim Dinnage, 18, from Burwash firm Frogheath Lanscapes, has helped build a gold-medal winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Tim took part in the award-winning Heathfield First scheme, which has helped more than 100 youngsters into education or work.
Frogheath boss Steve Moody said: “The scheme is brilliant and backed by a few local celebrities like Roger Daltrey and Jayne Torvill. Tim has provided invaluable support for us and we are delighted with the Gold Medal.”
The Potters Garden, sponsored by DialAFlight and designed by local firm Nature Redesigned, shows a garden, abandoned for the war in 1914, brought back to life for 2014.
It remembers both lost agrarian ways and skills and the lives of those who served in World War I, but also celebrates the power of gardens to evolve and renew.