Shortage of skills in horticulture to be highlighted at Q Lawns event

BALI's chief operations officer Wayne Grills will highlight the shortage of skills in the horticulture and landscaping industries at a July event.

He will talk about the need to enthuse people of all ages to learn more about the industry and consider a career in horticulture. The provision of good, relevant training in all subjects and at all levels is also a key issue for Grills.

The announcement follows comments by Alan Titchmarsh at the launch of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal on Monday where he said that a survey of 1,000 people last year revealed that 70% of 18-year-olds believed horticultural careers should only be considered by people who had failed academically.

Grills will be one of three speakers at the Sustainable Landscaping Event hosted by Q Lawns on 4 July at its turf nursery in Norfolk.

Q Lawns sales and marketing manager and BALI national chairman Chris Carr, said that there was a growing interest in sustainable products, like Q Lawns’ MeadowMat, launched two years ago, which has wildflowers embedded in it.

"There’s much more awareness in BALI circles about using natural and environmentally-friendly products," he said.

Two more speakers are yet to be confirmed at the event at Corkway Drove, Hockwold, near Thetford.

The day will include a tour of the farm, lunch and an opportunity to look at food production as well as how the company grows and harvests turf, sedum mat and wild flower mat.

To book, email Angela Lambert on

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