Association of Professional Landscapers to host landscape event at Olympic Park this year

The APL has been given permission to hold a special event in the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park later this year, APL chairman Mark Gregory has revealed.

Speaking at the annual APL awards ceremony in London (see p8), Gregory said the organisation would hold a networking event in the Olympic Park this summer for the landscaping and horticulture industries that would enable people to see developments 12 months in advance of the games.

Guests will tour the park and hear talks from project leaders on the development of landscaping and construction work within the grounds and how various challenges were overcome.

Gregory also outlined a series of key areas the APL will be focusing on over the coming year such as increasing membership through a recruitment campaign, promoting the landscaping profession to students and educational institutions and the recruitment of a landscape development manager to improve engagement with the industry.

He said the coming year would continue to be a tough road for landscapers: "Never has it been so important to maximise the benefits that come from being a member of a trade association.

"The APL has come a long way and with the new proposals outlined and the continued support from the HTA, it will be able to support members to develop and drive their businesses into the future."

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