Askham Bryan team wins landscape skills contest

College team scoops gold in three-day national final

A team of students from Askham Bryan College, York, has taken first place at the national finals of the UK Landscape Skills 2005 competition, held at Saltex last week. Over the three days of the show, teams from Writtle College, Reaseheath College and Askham Bryan had to complete a small landscaping project from a specially created design by garden designer Peter Killen. The students were asked to complete a risk assessment for the project and were judged on a variety of factors including the measurement and setting out of work, planning, health and safety, work processes and cleanliness. The winning team, which included Keith Chaplin, Tim Lancaster, Robert Brook and team manager Harry Turner, was said by the judges to be very professional. The panel said the brickwork was very good, that the team had a tidy site throughout and prepared an “original” risk assessment for the job. Writtle College took the silver award and Reaseheath won the bronze. The judges were Malcolm Giles, Peter Killen, Nigel Ellis and Horticulture Week technical editor Sally Drury.

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