Matthew Wood, apprentice at Myerscough College, won gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills final. The event taking place at WorldSkills UK LIVE from 15-17 November at the NEC Birmingham.
 
Sam Gordon, The Gardenmakers and APL apprentice, won silver, with Reece McKay from CAFRE took bronze.
 
The APL WorldSkills final took place last week from 15-17 November at WorldSkills UK LIVE. The event is at the Birmingham NEC in front of over 100,000 visitors over the three days. The first of four days was a training and familiarisation day. Then, the competitors had 16 hours to build a garden from scratch designed by head judge and APL general manager, Phil Tremayne.
 
This year’s competitors included:
  • Brian Hughes, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
  • Reece McKay, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
  • Matthew Wood, Myerscough College
  • Sam Gordon, The Gardenmakers
  • Connor Pegler, Warwickshire College
  • Douglas Beck, Wiltshire College
 
During the final competitors were marked on elements such as paving including recessed drain cover detail and block paving provided by Marshalls. They were also marked on decking, fencing, planting, lighting, health and safety and the overall appearance of the garden. The final also included a plant ident created by North West based nurseries J A Jones, designed to test the competitors plant knowledge.
 

Judges for the competition included:

  • Head Judge Phil Tremayne, APL general manager
  • Steve Smith of Shore Landscapes
  • 2011 WorldSkills UK Silver medal winner and International training manager, Simon Abbott
 
The APL also hosted the Horticulture Inclusive Skills competition on the Saturday of the show. Inclusive Skills Competitions enable young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to showcase their work skills and growing independence. The competitors were tasked with planting houseplant baskets, which they designed and planted themselves. The competition was once again a great success, and as of next year the Inclusive Skills competitions are being fully integrated into the show. Many thanks to Flowervision Birmingham for the plants supplied.
 
The APL would like to thank sponsors EcoDek, J A Jones, Landscapeplus, Makita and Marshalls for their support of the competition, without whom this would not be possible.
 
APL WorldSkills UK 2019 opens for entries in March. Register your interest now at:
 
For more information about the WorldSkills UK, visit https://www.worldskillsuk.org/

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