APL landscape masterclasses to return in 2016 with timber, paving focus

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) has announced it will be continuing its series of bootcamp-style masterclasses in 2016, starting with one on paving and a second on timberwork.

APL's next masterclass to focus on timber. Image: Pixabay
APL's next masterclass to focus on timber. Image: Pixabay

Both will run from 15 – 19 February, with four further masterclasses planned for the summer and autumn.

The masterclasses involve a five-day intensive course run by the Landscape Skills Academy, who are experts in the landscaping field and training. They cost £995+VAT per person, per masterclass, including accommodation, all meals, and individual assessment and training materials.

Delegates will be exposed to individual learning plans tailored to their specific needs. The aim of the classes are to improve the knowledge and skills of landscapers, and so improve the landscaping industry.

The first masterclass, covering paving, was held in October.

"Paving and timberwork are key skills areas where the industry is lacking," Jody Lidgard, director of the Landscape Skills Academy, said.

"The important points are for delegates to work cleanly and efficiently, and at industry speed, gaining the knowledge and practice of the latest techniques and products. Although it's a simulated environment, they are still experiencing six-eight hour days," Lidgard added.

The APL is also inviting guest speakers to present to the delegates on areas such as health and safety and industry techniques or products.

The timberwork masterclass will focus on areas including basic woodworking joints, fencing, timber decking, step detail and balustrading, pergola and overhead structures.

The paving masterclass will focus on taking measurements from a plan, setting out, laying paving whilst maintaining continuity in aspects such as spacing, edge restraint work, marking out and cutting paving to fit the scheme.

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