Aim to boost young horticultural talent
A new competition has been launched – the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, supported by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).
Held at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (June 14-17 at The NEC Birmingham), it aims to promote excellence in the landscaping industry and support up-and-coming landscapers.
Four top young landscapers in the country, all aged under 28, will form two teams. The contenders will be working in pairs to build two Show Gardens, each over 30m², packed with an array of landscaping elements.
They’ll be assessed on Wednesday, June 13 by the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show Garden Assessment Panel plus two dedicated judges from the WorldSkills Assessment Panel and one duo will be crowned BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers of 2018.
The award is being sponsored by The APL, Marshalls, Landscape Skills Academy and JA Jones Nurseries.
APL manager Phil Tremayne said: “There is a well-documented and growing skills shortage in the sector and it is great to be able to link the work we are already doing in organising the of WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition and delivering our very own APL apprenticeship.
“This will help to form a pipeline into what we hope will be a great competition.”
Marshalls group managing director Chris Harrop said: “The Young Landscapers Award is a fantastic opportunity for the landscapers of the future to showcase their skills.
“We believe it’s vitally important to nurture the next generation of landscapers and give them opportunities to explore their own creativity.”
For more information visit www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com.