George has recently completed his extended diploma in horticulture and his junior director of constable landscapes. He also works for a family-owned landscaping business which he now part oversees at the age of 19.
As part of the award he was given a £500 cheque from the BALI Chalk Fund in recognition of his commitment and dedication to his studies, his excellent work ethic, high level of attendance and a keenness to learn and develop.
The BALI Chalk Fund, established in 1975 with a legacy from the widow of Geoffrey Chalk, owner of Gavin Jones and founder member of the British Association of Landscape Industries, supports education and training in the landscape sector and has established strong links with BALI’s GoLandscape initiative and other like-minded organisations to assist with delivering its key objectives.
The Fund’s National Landscape Top Student of the Year Award takes place over two stages. Earlier in the year, BALI Training Provider colleges nominate a student that, in their opinion, has performed well above all others in their year and will make a positive impact on the industry in the years to come. The top student from that stage is then put forward to the national stage, where each top student competes for the ultimate UK title, a £500 cash prize along with an invitation to the prestigious BALI National Landscape Awards ceremony.
Commenting on his win, George said:
It was exciting news to find out back in June that I had been nominated for the award, then to find out four months later that I had won was a great shock. The achievement made me reflect on the dedication I had during my two years at Writtle and see not only how my hard work had paid off, but how it has helped to shape my career today.
As well as providing a £500 cheque to the student, the BALI Chalk Fund also presents £500 to the college. The college then uses that cash prize to invest in future landscape-related course material.
For more information on the work of the BALI Chalk Fund visit their website balichalkfund.org.uk.