The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition heats have kicked off at RHS Flower Show Tatton.
Organised by the Association of Professional Landscapers, the heats were officially started on 22 July by celebrity gardener Chris Collins in front of the gardening press.
Richard Carden from Reaseheath College, Sam Burks from Bishop Burton College, Sparsholt College and Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan, Ronan McLarnon and Robert Wylie from CAFRE now have 22 hours to complete a garden designed by the award winning Alexandra Froggatt.
The garden has been designed to test the competitors in every aspect of landscape design including:
- Plan and mark out, including height measurements.
- Hard landscape features including, small unit paving, block work, paving with flagstones, foundations and footings, water features.
- Timber work, pergolas, fence details, decking.
- Plants and turf. This includes both plan and freestyle planting methods.
The winners from the Tatton heat then go on to The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC in November where finalists compete to be named the ‘Best in the UK’ in front of 70,000 people.
Judges for the Landscape Gardening competition include award winning APL member Rod Winrow from Garden House Design, garden designer Jody Lidgard, who has run his own landscaping firm for over 18 years and 2011 WorldSkillsUK medal winner Simon Abbott.
Special thanks to sponsors Makita, Marshalls, Jewson and Greenwood Plants for their support in the WorldSkills competition.
The WorldSkills competitions showcase the high levels of performance that can be achieved by individuals and organisations through quality training, inspiring young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.