The four teams each have 22 hours to create a garden from a design by Andy Sturgeon in the World Skills Landscape Gardening Competition.
With five hours of preparation under their belts, the teams are now working away under the eyes of visitors to IoG Saltex before a winner is announced on Thursday (4 September 2008).
Suffolk-based Otley College’s team Simon Ginger and William Gadd are doing well so far, according to BALI’s landscape technical director for the competition, Peter Killen.
They are competing against Tom Moore and Tom Charge, from Moulton College, Northampton; Luke Denby and Andy Brier, from Craven College, North Yorkshire; and Dave Kelly and Matt Smith, from Chichester College, West Sussex.
“Otley College is the garden to watch,” said Killen.
“The teams from Moulton College and Craven College are quite a bit younger but I could be surprised and they might produce the winner.”
The winner of the competition - run in association with BALI - will go on to compete against other landscape gardeners from around the world in the World Skills Competition next year in Calgary, Canada.
On Thursday the teams’ gardens will be scrutinised by Landform Consultants’ managing director Mark Gregory, as well as representatives from television show Rogue Traders, Plumpton College, and World Skills.
The judges will be looking for quality of work and meeting the design requirements.
Killen added: “Sometimes it can be very close. The measurements are the ones that often really make the difference. It’s the fine detail.”