The winners have been announced for Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2021. The initiative, sponsored by Green-tech, is now in its seventh year. It aims to recognise, reward, and promote the young rising stars in the UK’s landscaping industry.
Pro Landscaper’s managing director Jim Wilkinson said: “It’s been another unbelievable year, and the quality of young people working in the sector has been really proving.
“There can be a lot of negativity surrounding encouraging the next generation into the landscaping industry – but we must be doing something right somewhere as the 30 new winners are stars of the future.
“The 30 under 30 awards have come a long way, going from strength to strength. We are delighted to recognise another 30 members, and we welcome them to the Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation group.
“Congratulations to everyone! We look forward to watching you progress in your careers.”
Entrants were judged and scored on their passion, skills, qualifications, achievements, goals, their message to young people looking to join the industry and their thoughts on what could make the landscaping industry better.
Raising environmental awareness, tackling climate change and focusing on sustainability were high on the agenda from all the entries, and there was a real desire for wanting to make a difference.
Richard Kay, chairman of sponsor Green-tech, said: “We are delighted to sponsor Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation. It is one of the most valuable industry initiatives that recognises, encourages and celebrates the remarkable talent of the younger generation. Turning the spotlight on this group and raising the profile as a career choice is critical to the future success and growth of the landscaping, horticulture, and forestry industries. It provides a great springboard for winners, and we take great interest in watching their careers develop.”
The class of 2021 brings the total to 210 winners for the Pro Landscaper 30 Under 30: The Next Generation since the initiative launched in 2015.
This year, the award ceremony will take place at FutureScape 2021 on Tuesday 16 November 2021 at ExCeL London, in the Pro Landscaper Theatre.
Propelled into the landscaping limelight, previous winners have gone on to design, build and win Gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Shows, set up their own businesses and enhance their own careers.
The winners of 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2020 are:
Adam Stewart, managing director, Utopia Landscapes Ltd, Age: 28
Alexander Shipp, designer, Meristem Design Ltd, Age: 25
Alex Rockett, site supervisor, Tony Benger Landscaping Ltd, Age: 27
Alex Pettitt, managing director/landscape architect, Topoforma Landscape Ltd, Age: 26
Amy Hopkinson, owner and principle designer, Amy Hopkinson Garden Design Ltd, Age: 28
Ben McIlwaine, project manager, Gaia Gardeners, Age: 29
Ben Poulter, project landscape architect, Ironside Farrar, Age: 29
Blair Parker, junior foreman, Garden Club London Ltd, Age: 29
Charlotte Williams, senior landscape architect, AECOM, Age: 25
Christina Cobb, aftercare and planting manager, Garden Club London Ltd, Age: 28
Christopher Leeming, senior landscape architect, Amey Consulting, Age: 30
Connor Healy, managing director, Healy Fencing & Landscaping Ltd, Age: 26
Diana-Catalina Catrinoi-Cornea ACIM, marketing manager, London Stone Ltd, Age: 27
Eva Carrier, nursery manager, Carrier Landscapes Ltd, Age: 24
Eleanor Edkins, garden designer, Brett Hardy Landscapes Ltd, Age: 28
Gheorghe Florin Chiric, senior engineer, Maylim Ltd, Age: 28
Harvey Keates, sales director, CORE Landscape Products, Age: 23
Hoang Quoc My Vo, landscape architect, HLM Architects Ltd, Age: 27
Jack Thompson, director, Thompson Tree Services Midlands Ltd, Age: 29
Kate Blackburne, design associate, Exterior Architecture Ltd, Age: 30
Kevin Mahony, site manager, Maylim Ltd, Age: 26
Laura Moore, creative director, Moore Landscape Design, Age: 29
Luke Newsome, contracts supervisor, Nurture Landscapes Ltd, Age: 28
Nathan Webster, landscape architect, Wright Landscapes Ltd, Age: 22
Phil Daly, site manager, Maylim Ltd, Age: 26
Rhiannon Pierce, senior consultant landscape architect, Ramboll, Age: 29
Romain Bardin, landscape architect, Guarda landscape, Age: 30
Sam Taylor, landscaper, Garden TLC Ltd, Age: 21
Sophie Childs, relationship manager, Ground Control Ltd, Age: 29