Ken White replaces Mark Gregory as APL chairman

Frosts Landscapes Construction managing director Ken White has become the new Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) chairman, taking over from Landform Consultants chief Mark Gregory.

White is new APL chairman
White is new APL chairman

White, who became a member of the HTA board last year was elected at the APL Annual Review meeting at Futurescape, in Sandown, Surrey yesterday.

He said: "On behalf of all APL members I would like to thank Mark for his commitment and tireless enthusiasm to the association and the role he has played in helping to raise the profile of domestic landscaping.

"Mark had a dream that the APL would be a family, a community. His efforts over the last six years have achieved just that and he steps down leaving the association in a very strong position which I and the rest of the committee look forward to building on in future years."

During his time as chairman, Gregory, who has built 150 successful RHS Chelsea show gardens and whose company created Gibraltar’s first public park, spearheaded a series of improvements, including:

-         involvement with World Skills UK, Masterclass and Apprenticeship initiatives

-         the growth in APL Awards and its standing within the industry

-         the launch of ‘Low Cost High Impact’ at Hampton Court and negotiations with RHS

-         setting criteria and promotion of APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners World Live

He is also well-known for volunteering his time to give talks and mentoring sessions to APL members and the wider industry on APL’s behalf.

He was presented with an engraved slab of Yorkstone, kindly made by London Stone, in recognition of his hard work, but will continue to be involved in the organisation.

In other changes Rod Winrow from Garden House Design takes on the role of vice chairman and Neil Fisher from Hambrooks joins the committee. They join existing committee members who are David Sewell (The Garden Makers), James Steele-Sargent (Arun Landscapes), Paul Baker (Holland Landscapes), Claudia de Yong (Claudia de Yong Designs), Roger Gladwell (RG Landscaping), Stephen Moody (Frogheath Landscapes), Richard Barnard (Hillier Landscapes) and Julian Ransom (4th Corner Landscaping).


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