The four competing landscapers, who took the top spots at the WorldSkills UK finals, are Nick Bundy from Gadd Brothers (Gold), Jamie Franklin from Wiltshire College, Mark Brown from CAFRE (Bronze) and Patrick Neild from Pershore College (Highly Commended). As two teams of two, they will build their allotted gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live which will be assessed on 17 June at The NEC in Birmingham.
Landform Consultants’ Mark Gregory has come up with two designs to test the young landscapers’ skills and ingenuity. Mark said:
“We, at Landform, have been delighted to get involved with the Young Landscapers Award at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020. We have come up with two exciting, yet challenging, front garden designs. Both gardens are very different and use a variety of materials, to show how it’s possible to create a beautiful and practical space, despite being small.”
For the second year running, the competition will highlight front gardens. Mark says:
“Front gardens all-too-often overlooked, disappointing and bland – yet they can be transformed, with even a relatively simple design. Let’s not forget, first impressions count!”
Phil Tremayne, General manager of The Association of Professional Landscapers (The APL), said:
“It is fantastic that BBC Gardeners’ World Live has decided to support this competition again for 2020. To give these young, up and coming talents the opportunity to build at this level, with mentorship from one of the best landscapers in the country, is truly amazing.” Phil continues, “The APL have organised the landscaping competition at WorldSkills UK, alongside its own apprenticeship, for the last 5 years. Supporting the industry, as well as the youth and career-changers entering it, combined with our high industry standards, is at the heart of what we do. I cant wait to see the results of the competition.”