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And they are off! APL WorldSkills UK finalists compete at Skills Show

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening final is underway at the The Skills Show at the Birmingham  NEC with six landscaping students competing for the ‘Best in the UK’ title.

After reaching the qualifying benchmark at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July the six students this morning started on the challenge of completing a garden design in just 18 hours over the next 3 days. The garden has once again been designed by Alexandra Froggatt. Their creations will need to be completed by 11 am on Saturday 15 November with the winner being announced at The Skills Show Big Celebration Event on Saturday evening.

The finalists Richard Carden from  Reaseheath College, Sam Birks from Bishop Burton College, and Robert Wylie, Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan and Ronan McLarnon from CAFRE will be scored in every aspect of landscape design including:

  • Planning and marking out, including height measurements.
  • Hard landscape features including, small unit paving, block work, paving with  flagstones, foundations and footings, water features.
  • Timber work, pergolas, fence details, decking.
  • Plants and turf. This includes both plan and freestyle planting methods.

Judges for the competition include garden designer Jody Lidgard, who has run his own landscaping firm for over 18 years, award winning APL member Rod Winrow from Garden House Design and 2011 WorldSkillsUK Silver medal winner Simon Abbott.

As well as the competition, the APL will be hosting a showcase area where visitors will be able to view demonstrations on how to do paving, how to lay deck board and how to plant and stake a tree.  Visitors will be invited to “Have a Go” at planting their own border with the help of Garden on a Roll with the most creative border winning a prize.

The APL would like to thank sponsors Greenwood Nursery, Greenline Plants, Makita UK, Jewsons, Marshalls and Suttons Seeds for their support for the show.

The APL is the organising partner for the Landscape Gardening section of the WorldSkills UK competition.  The aim of the competition is to inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.  Entering the competitions is proven to catapult a person’s career, build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to employers.

For more information visit www.theskillsshow.com


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