WorldSkills announce international squad for Sao Paulo

The UK squad for this year's Landscape Gardening competition, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August, has now been announced.

Jonathan Gill. Image: WorldSkills
Jonathan Gill. Image: WorldSkills

Matt Beesley and Jonathan Gill are the two members of the 41-strong UK squad representing Landscape Gardening.

The pair will show off their hard and soft landscaping skills, including cutting and placing stones and slabs, building timber structures, placing substrate, soil and mulch, installing turf, and planting, as well as demonstrating skill with plumbing, electrical, drainage and irrigation.

Gill, from Northern Ireland, studied at CAFRE and at 20 years old now runs his own business. Beesley, 21, from Cheshire, also runs his own business, Matthew Beesely Landscapes. He studied at Reaseheath College. 

Gill said:  "Being selected for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 is an incredible honour for all of us, and is something I’ve been working towards personally for over two years.  I’m not sure I would be as hungry for success and driven to be the best I can be if it wasn’t for exposure to competitions – and I would love to bring back the Gold Medal."

Alan McIlveen of CAFRE said: "It gives them such a push in terms of their standards and brings out their best work. The exposure to working outside of a college situation is priceless to their learning."

Meanwhile back home, the semi-final of the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition will again take place at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show (22-26 July), with the final eight competitors to be announced on 3 June.

Competitors will have eighteen hours over three days to individually build a full 6m x 2m garden. This year’s national final will be held at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham in November.

Beesley entered two of his own apprentices into the UK competition this year, organised by APL, and CAFRE also have competitors in the UK competition.

Those who do well this year in the UK competition, could potentially be joining the ranks of those this year and going to the next international competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

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