The Gardenmakers are thrilled to announce that Sam Gordon, our young apprentice, has made it through to the World Skills final to be held at the NEC in November. This represents the culmination of a year of qualifying heats undertakes alongside Sam’s block release studies. He will battle it out with 5 other young landscapers over 3 days. They will be tasked with typical disciplines such as paving, deck construction, wall building, plant identification and working to a clients brief.

The competition is fierce and the winner could then be selected to represent the UK in the finals in Austria in 2012 and then Shanghai in 2021.

Obviously, for us, this is a BIG DEAL! Sam’s been with us for two years now and has been mentored by Darrell over this time. From early on Sam showed a propensity of raw natural talent and it’s been our task to nurture and build on that. I have to say it’s very satisfying to see that work coming to fruition.

The only thing left to do now is wish Sam the best of luck!!

Press release from the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association)

  • Douglas Beck – Wiltshire College – Lackham
  • Sam Gordon – The Gardenmakers Ltd
  • Brian Hughes – College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (Ireland)
  • Reece McKay – College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (Ireland)
  • Connor Pegler – Warwickshire College (Pershore)
  • Matthew Wood – Myerscough College

The eventual victor will be the UK’s No.1 Young Landscaper– and could be eligible for selection to represent the nation at WorldSkills, the largest international skills competition, in Austria 2020/Shanghai 2021.

The APL would like to thank sponsors EcodekMakitaMarshallsJ A Jones and Landscapeplus for their support of the APL WorldSkills UK Landscaping competition.

Mike Vickers of J A Jones said of the competition last year, “J A Jones supports the APL WorldSkills competitions to help encourage the students to become the industry leaders of the future, by their education and inspiration through plants.”

David Jessop of Marshalls said last year, “It is imperative that we encourage new blood into the landscape industry and WorldSkills is a fantastic platform for talented young landscapers to showcase their skills. Marshalls is delighted to support WorldSkills once again and we congratulate and look forward to a hotly contested final in November.”