Members of a green fingered team at Landscape Creations have been celebrating after being awarded the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) Landscape Award.
Ben Stirling and his team from the Huddersfield based landscaping company, received the HTA Landscape Award following months of hard work putting into practice the knowledge gained from the HTA workbook and company led training sessions. They completed a written and practical, observed assessment to gain the Awards in October, last year.
Ben and his colleagues Matthew Nelson, Cory Ellis and David Gilroy first embarked on the award in February of this year. The award has been designed to give domestic landscapers the underpinning knowledge which supports the skills they use on a daily basis. Modules include customer service, health and safety, vehicles and machinery, hard landscaping, planting and ponds and water gardening.
Ben, who owns Landscape Creations said; “The employees followed a dedicated training programme and undertook assignments to aid their learning and development.
Their enthusiasm for the award and their new found skills and knowledge earned all employees with the coveted level of Distinction when they were examined in October 2013. I am extremely proud of everyone and feel it reflects their excellent skills and work ethic.”
Penny Evans, HTA Training and Careers Manager said; “This is a fantastic achievement for Landscape Creations and has clearly shown their commitment to invest in their staff training. It was great that they went through the process together, including the owner Ben, which helped not only their individual knowledge and practical skills, but also gave them an opportunity to develop as a team and company.”
Landscape Creations are members of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). Members of the Association are registered with the government endorsed TrustMark Scheme. They are regularly inspected and agree to follow a customer charter with clients.
The APL is part of the HTA which is the trade association for the UK gardening industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.
To find out more about the APL or where to find your nearest APL accredited landscaper, please visit www.landscaper.org.uk