Competition tests students' garden design skills

Students have pitched their raw building skills against each other in a two-day competition. They had six hours to build 2x3m plots to a specification by BALI award-winning designer Patricia Fox of Aralia Garden Design & Build.

The Scottish regional heat of the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening Competition singled out five winners, including overall winner Ryan Love as well as Robert Stewart and Kerrera Macindeor of Oatridge College.

Neil Bradley and Kristopher Orr from the College of Agriculture and Rural Enterprise were finalists in the heat, sponsored by Marshalls and run by the British Association of Landscape Industries.

The national final is scheduled to take place at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show on 23-26 September.

The other finalists include Ryan Neveu from George-Stone Gardens in Cheltenham, Darren Cumming and David Harvey from the Essential Earthmen in Devon, Ben Skinner from Chichester College, Arran John Tricker from Sparsholt College and Oliver King from Otley College.

The national finalists will have to build a 6x6m garden in teams of two, paired randomly. The garden design, also by Patricia Fox, will be revealed to the competitors two months before the competition.

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