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BBC Gardeners' World Live Young Landscapers Award 2019

BBC Gardeners' World Live Young Landscapers Award 2019

young landscapers award logoFor the second year, the Show featured the Young Landscapers Award, supported by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and sponsored by Marshalls.

WINNERS - Matthew Wood and Sam Gordon

RUNNERS UP - Reece McKay and Brian Hughes

In this tough competition, four of the very best young landscapers in the country, all aged under 28, formed two teams, to display their high calibre skills. Designed to champion skills amongst young people and nurture emerging talent, the competition saw the contenders working in pairs to build two challenging Show Gardens packed with an array of landscaping elements. 

Both Show Gardens were assessed on Wednesday 12 June by the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show Garden Assessment Panel plus two dedicated judges from the WorldSkills Assessment Panel.

Read on to find out more about the young landscapers who took part in the 2019 competition:

GOLD AWARD, WINNERS Team A  Heritage garden


Heritage garden

Matthew Woods and Sam Gordon were 1st and 2nd respectively in 2018’s World Skills Uk Live competition. Matthew was also crowned The Association of Professional Landscapers “Rising Star” at their annual awards in London. 

Matthew Wood, Mysercough College, and Sam Gordon, The Gardenmakers

GOLD AWARD, RUNNER UP Team B Argent Garden 

GOLD AWARD, RUNNER UP Team B Argent Garden 

Reece Mckay and Brian Hughes team up to build the Argent Garden in this years Young Landscapers competition. Both studied at Cafre college nr Belfast and finished 3rd and 4th in 2018’s World Skills UK Live competition. 

Reece McKay, and Brian Hughes, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) 

You may recognise these names as they’re the four landscapers taking top spots at the WorldSkills UK Finals in November. Matthew Wood was crowned champion in landscaping with the Gold award. Meanwhile fellow apprentice Sam Gordon, from The Gardenmakers in Warwickshire, took home the Silver, in a six-person national final, which was held at WorldSkills UK Live at the NEC Birmingham. Sam took Silver, Reece took Bronze, and Brian was awarded Highly Commended.

Matthew Wood Worldskills Champion

Plant list 2019

Planting GWL Young Landscapers
    Standard Bay
    Hosta in variety (BIG)
    Ferns in variety (BIG)
    Convolvulus cneorum
    Phormium Flamingo
    Phormium Yellow Wave
    Lavender Hidcote
    Euonymus Silver Queen
    Heuchera Palace Purple
    Hebe (BIG)
    Variegated Fatsia
    Nandina domestica 
    Jasmine (large climber)
    Lonicera (large climber)
    Physocarpus Diablo
    Physocarpus Darts Gold    
    Nepeta 6 Hills
    Potentilla Red Ace
    Ajuga Burgundy glow
    Salvia nemorosa
    Santolina incana
    Potentilla Elizabeth
    Artemesia Powis Castle
    Geranium Johnson’s Blue
    Hebe rakaiensis
    Heuchera Palace Purple
    Variegated Thyme
    Astrantia major
    Calamagrostis Karl Foerster
    Alchemilla mollis
    Festuca glauca

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