Young landscapers urged to show off skills

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is urging landscaping businesses with trainees studying at NVQ levels 2 or 3 to take part in a prestigious competition.

The WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening Competition is now open for entries from teams of young landscapers.

The entrants will create a garden designed by Chelsea gold award-winning designer Andy Sturgeon.

2009 venues for the competition include the RHS Malvern spring and autumn gardening shows, Gardening Scotland and IoG SALTEX. The competition is free to enter and open to teams of two.

BALI chief executive Sandra Loton-Jones said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for young landscapers to gain experience in landscaping.

"It is also excellent promotion for the company or college they represent. BALI is proud to project-manage the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening Competition."

The winner of the competition may have the opportunity to compete for a place in the UK team selected for WorldSkills London 2011, which involves 50 competing countries in different sectors.

To find out how to enter a team contact Angela Radley on 02476 698658 or email Entries close 9 April 2009.

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