Landscaping competition gets underway at Tatton

The 2014 WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition heats have started at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

APL Tatton Park skills competition begins
APL Tatton Park skills competition begins

The event is organised by the Association of Professional Landscapers, and the heats were officially started on 22 July by celebrity gardener Chris Collins.

Richard Carden from  Reaseheath College, Sam Burks from Bishop Burton College, Sparsholt College and Dean Thomson, Jonathan Buchanan, Ronan McLarnon and Robert Wylie from CAFRE now have 22 hours to complete a garden designed by Alexandra Froggatt.

The garden has been designed to test the competitors in aspects of landscape design including:

  • Plan and mark out, including height measurements.
  • Hard landscape features including, small unit paving, block work, paving with flagstones, foundations and footings, water features.
  • Timber work, pergolas, fence details, decking.
  • Plants and turf. This includes both plan and freestyle planting methods.

The winners from the Tatton heat then go on to The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC in November where finalists compete to be named the ‘best in the UK’ in front of 70,000 people.

Judges for the landscape gardening competition include award winning APL member Rod Winrow from Garden House Design, garden designer Jody Lidgard and 2011 WorldSkillsUK medal winner Simon Abbott.

Sponsors are Makita, Marshalls, Jewson and Greenline Plants.

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