WorldSkills landscapers win Makita backing

Six young landscapers are gearing up for the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition taking place at The Skills Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, 18-21 November.

World Skills landscapers - image: Steve Burden
World Skills landscapers - image: Steve Burden

Makita has donated £15,000 worth of power tools for use by all the competitors in this year’s final where the landscapers are competing to become the best in the UK in front of an expected 70,000 people.

The six finalists have won through from the semi final event held at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July. They are: Christopher Shore, Reaseheath College; Noel Taggart, Greenmount Campus, CAFRE; Aaron Quin, Greenmount Campus, CAFRE; Will Burberry who works for Gardenscapes; Anthony Doran of The Landscape Co and Mark Chapelhow of Wildroof Landscapes.

In addition to Makita the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), as organising partner for the WorldSkills competition, has secured sponsorship from Marshalls, Jewson and Greenwood Plants.

Mark Gregory, APL chairman and lead judge for the competition, said:

"The WorldSkills competition showcases the high levels of performance that can be achieved by individuals and organisations through quality training, inspiring young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest possible level. The APL are delighted to be the organising partner and this demonstrates our pledge to encourage excellence in landscaping."

"I am certain that we will see an impressive level of skills from these young landscapers yet again this year," says Kevin Brannigan, marketing manager, Makita UK. "The competitors will be working against the clock and under pressure from the word Go and we expect Makita tools to help them achieve accuracy and speed. We hope they will take this experience into their future careers. It is always a pleasure to assist young people to forge a path for their future and that of the landscape industry as a whole."

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