Royal Parks Guild apprentice celebrates award win

Royal Parks apprentice Zoe Basham is the first student on a scheme that was revived last September to receive the newly created Royal Parks Guild Apprentice of the Year Award.

Basham, who is based in Greenwich Park and works for landscape maintenance provider Turfsoil, was judged to be the person who has most benefited from her first year on the three-year Royal Parks Apprenticeship Programme, which was relaunched in 2007.

Chairman of the Royal Parks Guild Mike Fitt said: "Zoe has been an outstanding apprentice and after just one year she has reached a high standard of competence and practical ability."

Turfsoil chairman John Newton said: "We are delighted that Zoe has won this most prestigious award. She has been a model employee and fully justified the ongoing support that Turfsoil has been pleased to provide to the Royal Parks' apprenticeship scheme."

Basham said: "This was a complete shock and I'm delighted."

The Royal Parks Apprenticeship Programme aims to recruit 10 new apprentices each year.

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