Diarmiud Gavin to design Show Gardens for BBC Gardeners’ World Live’s inaugural Young Landscapers Award
BBC Gardeners’ World Live announces the launch of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, supported by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). The competition is a platform to promote excellence and support up and coming landscapers, encouraging them to engage with high profile projects.
Four of the very best young landscapers in the country, all aged under 28, will form two teams, to display their high calibre skills in this tough competition. The contender, working in pairs, will build two Show Gardens designed by Diarmuid Gavin, packed with an array of landscaping elements requiring the contestants to display diverse skills from water features to walls and pergolas to patios.
Diarmuid says of the competition “I’m delighted to participate in this new BBC Gardeners’ World Live competition which is aimed at displaying the talents and boosting the profile of some of the country’s brightest and best young garden builders. The craft of creating and planting gardens is one where these islands excel and with this inaugural Young Landscapers Award, garden lovers from around the country will be able to visit and see for themselves that our garden making future is in very good hands.”
With both gardens completed within the demanding time frame of a Show Garden build, they’ll be assessed on Wednesday 13 June by the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show Garden Assessment Panel plus two dedicated judges from the WorldSkills Assessment Panel, assessing the gardens to WorldSkills UK standards and tolerances. One duo will be crowned the same day as BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers of 2018, before the Show opens to the public on Thursday 14 June. For an expected 100,000 visitors, the two Show Gardens will be packed with interest and a multitude of design ideas and space savvy solutions to take home.
Phil Tremayne, Manager of The APL, said “We are proud to be supporting these gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. There is a well-documented and growing skills shortage in the sector and it is great to be able to link the work we are already doing in organising the of WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition and delivering our very own APL apprenticeship. This will help to form a pipeline into what we hope will be a great competition. We look forward to seeing the results”.
Chris Harrop, Group Marketing Director at Marshalls, said “The Young Landscapers Award is a fantastic opportunity for the landscapers of the future to showcase their skills, and BBC Gardeners’ World Live is the perfect stage for them to do so. We believe it’s vitally important to nurture the next generation of landscapers and give them opportunities to explore their own creativity. Show Gardens are the perfect setting by which to show our product’s full potential, and we look forward to seeing what ideas the competitors come up with.”