Will Burberry takes gold at APL WorldSkills

(Pictured: APL WorldSkills UK finalists: Aaron Quin from CAFRE, Will Burberry from Gardenscapes, Mark Chapelhow from Wildroof Landscapes, Adam Ferguson and Noel Taggart from CAFRE, Christopher Shore from Reaseheath College.)

Will Burberry, Gardenscapes, has been announced as ?Best in the UK? in landscaping gardening after winning gold at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills UK final.

Mark Chapelhow, Wildroof Landscapes, took silver and Noel Taggart, CAFRE, took bronze.

The APL WorldSkills final took place from 19 to 21 November at the NEC in Birmingham. Over the four days the competitors had 16 hours to build a garden designed by head judge and technical lead Jody Lidgard.

During the final they were marked on elements such as block paving, recessed drain covers, wood work (which included decking and fencing), planting, health and safety and the overall appearance. A new element was included this year which tested the competitor?s knowledge on naming ten of the plants that were included in the gardens.

Will commented following the announcement of the win: ?Words can?t describe how I?m feeling, I?m completely overwhelmed by it all. It was a really good competition this year as everyone was really equal in standards. I?m really pleased to have qualified for the chance to go to Abu Dhabi in 2017, I didn?t think I would at all.?

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