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Five landscaping companies announced to take part in APL Avenue competition

Press release - January 2018

Five landscaping companies announced to take part in APL Avenue competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 

For the third year running, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) return to BBC Gardeners’ World Live with the much-anticipated Show Garden competition, APL Avenue. This is an opportunity for five APL contractors to feature their inspirational, aspirational and relatable gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 14 to 17 June 2018. The winning garden will be awarded Best APL Avenue Show Garden by the Show Garden Assessment panel, plus a public vote will crown the visitor’s favourite.

The five gardens within APL Avenue give visitors the opportunity to witness first-hand what variety, quality, creativity and interpretation of a brief can be achieved in a small space when engaging the skills of a professional landscaper. Members of the APL team and the landscapers will be on hand throughout the four days of the event to meet up to 100,000 visitors and share their wealth of knowledge, demystifying the process of a garden build and giving advice on costs and options.

To ensure top-quality design and construction, each garden will receive a contribution towards the build. Marshalls and Rolawn are both garden product suppliers, with Marshalls supplying products from their domestic range and Rolawn supplying their turf and topsoil. 

The landscapers who will build their Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 are:

  • A to Z Gardening Landscaping Services, designed by Levente Papp and Alina Ciobotaru
  • Conquest Creative Spaces, designed by Ross Conquest
  • Keyscape Gardens, designed by Martyn Wilson, Wilson Associates Garden Design
  • Living Gardens, designed by Peter Cowell 
  • Timotay Landscapes, designed by Timotay Landscapes

Bob Sweet, Horticultural Director of BBC Gardeners’ World Live, said “'For the third year running there has been stiff competition from companies who are members of the Association of Professional Landscapers to be represented at the show. We have no doubt that these five gardens will offer visitors a wealth of take-home ideas for their own gardens whilst being stunning examples of great design in their own right.”  

Peter Cowell, of Living Gardens, takes part in APL Avenue for the second time. When asked about the experience, Peter said “Our success at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017, where our APL Avenue 'It's Not Just About the Beard' garden won a Gold Award and was Designers Favourite, was followed by months of public interest, job enquiries and even an appearance on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World - so we decided to have another go in 2018! It's great knowing that we are designing and building gardens at the same standard as some of the best companies in the country. It's been a selling point for our business and has generated significant interest from new clients who want the wow factor with design and build quality.”

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Download Living Gardens, Gold Award APL Avenue Show Garden 2017

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Further details

For more information on the landscapers and their initial garden designs, click here >

BBC Gardeners’ World Live takes place 14-17 June 2018 at The NEC Birmingham. 

APL Media Office

  • Tel: 01235 776156
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BBC Gardeners’ World Live PR team

  • Tel: 020 3405 4286
  • Email: 

Details correct at time of print.

The Association of Professional Landscapers represents landscapers who meet a required standard of professionalism. Members of the Association have to meet strict criteria to join, are registered with the government endorsed TrustMark Scheme. They are regularly inspected and agree to follow a strict code of conduct with clients. The APL is part of the Horticultural Trades Association which is the trade Association for the UK gardening industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers. 

BBC Gardeners’ World Live, 14-17 June 2018, NEC Birmingham. Tickets from £24.50. For more information visit BBC Gardeners’ World Live is organised and presented by River Street Events Ltd. The Gardeners’ World logo is a trademark of BBC. © BBC. 

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