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APL announces speaker for Awards 2016

Following the release last month of the shortlisted companies for the APL Awards 2016, the APL has announced that its confirmed speaker and co-presenter for the day will be Chris Collins.

Chris Collins, CM Collins Horticulture and Raoul Curtis-Machin, HTA Head of Horticulture, have been unveiled as the Speaker, Host and Compare for the APL 2016 Awards.

The 2016 APL Awards will be taking place on Friday 4 March at The Brewery, London. It will recognise and reward the high standard of landscape contracting carried out by APL registered members, promoting their commitment to quality landscaping and keeping their customers completely satisfied.

When looking for the 2016 APL Awards speaker, the APL wanted to find someone with a real affinity for the industry and therefore chose Chris Collins. With 25 years of practical hands on experience in parks departments, four different Botanic gardens, Westminster Abbey and many  private  gardens, not  only  in  the  UK  but overseas in  countries  such  as  Japan, Africa and Israel, Chris knows the industry well.

Commenting on being asked to be speaker, Chris said: “I am chuffed to be asked to speak at the 2016 APL awards; to be asked to stand in front of my peers is an honour. These people are one of the backbones of Horticulture and I look forward to sharing some of the adventures I’ve had whilst building gardens in exotic locations through my career.”

At the event Chris will give an insight into some of his more unusual projects as well as hosting the awards alongside Raoul Curtis-Machin. The Awards lunch will provide plenty of opportunity for networking with key players from across the industry as well as a chance to view a snapshot of all entered and shortlisted projects in the new gallery style layout following the new online entry system.

The day will also see the World Skills Winner, Will Burberry, Gardenscapes, presented to the room with a small insight in to his journey to becoming the overall winner.

Set in The Brewery, the venue occupies the site of the former Whitbread Brewery in East London, the awards are set in a brick lined room with a 170-foot king post timber roof, with an unsupported span of 65 feet giving an uninterrupted view across the room and will provide a fantastic setting for this year’s APL Awards.

For further information and to book your place, please contact [email protected]

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