Adam McGarry of Wiltshire College has been announced as ‘UK Champion’ in this year’s landscaping competition after winning gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills UK final.
Daniel McGeoghegan took silver and Sam Taylor took bronze. Both are enrolled at Myerscough College, completing the APL Apprentice Scheme.
The competitors were also competing for a place in Squad UK where they have a chance to represent the UK at international level. Last year’s finalist, Shea Mcferran from CAFRE returned this year to compete for his place and secured his space along with Sam Taylor, Josh Dow and Kelvin White.
The APL WorldSkills final took place last week from 16-18 November at The Skills Show held 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, where the competitors had 16 hours to individually build a garden from scratch designed by head judge Jody Lidgard. Competitors were required to work within tolerances between 3-8mm on measurements provided.
During the final competitors were marked on elements such as block paving, paving including recessed drain cover detail, timberwork (which included decking and fencing), planting, health and safety and the overall appearance of the garden. The final also included a plant ident created by JA Jones and designed to test the competitors plant knowledge.
McGarry said “I don’t really know how I feel at the moment, I wasn’t expecting it at all! It was a great experience and found it a true test to push myself.”