Two trainees, Lee McPherson and Ross Yuile, from the horticulture industry have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills). The awards will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 5 March 2020.
Lee, aged 49 from Edinburgh, has been doing an SVQ in Parks, Garden and Green Spaces with East Lothian Council through SRUC.
“I started gaining an interest in horticulture when I was a young boy, living in Kent, and helping my dad with the gardening and propagation of Fuschias. I can think of no better way to earn a living than to be outside. In parks and green spaces, in all weathers, working hard, meeting people, teaching people and planning, planting and maintaining these spaces.”
Ross, aged 25 from Glasgow, has been studying for an HND in Horticulture with Glasgow Clyde College.
Ross said: “I’m a student at Glasgow Clyde College and I have been doing Horticulture for the last five years. Now that I’m on the HND, I have had to become more independent when it comes to researching my notes and assessments. Despite having Aspergers, I haven’t let my disability get in the way of learning and enjoying what I do.”
Lantra Scotland is the sector skills council for land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries. MC and host for the evening will be well-known Perthshire farmer and stand-up comedian, Jim Smith.
The finalists for the 2020 ALBAS were chosen by an independent judging panel. The panel is made up of influential figures from across the land-based and aquaculture sector and chaired by agriculture and rural affairs journalist Erika Hay.
Since the awards were launched in 2004, there have been over 1000 nominees and 300 finalists.