BBC Gardeners’ World Young Landscapers Award launched

The search is on for up and coming young landscapers with the launch of a new competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live (14th to 17th June, 2018).

The BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award is supported by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and will offer a platform to promote excellence in the landscaping industry.

Four of the very best young landscapers in the country, aged under 28, will form two teams to display their high calibre skills in this tough competition. Designed to champion skills among young people and nurture emerging talent, the competition will see the contenders working in pairs to build two challenging Show Gardens packed with an array of landscaping elements. The Show Garden designs will require the landscapers to show off a variety of skills to the best of their ability.

Both gardens will then be assessed 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 BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers of 2018, on Wednesday 13th June, before the show opens to the public on Thursday 14th June.

This new competition has been made possible through the support of top sponsors – The APL, Marshalls, Landscape Skills Academy and JA Jones Nurseries.

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 “We are thrilled to be supporting BBC Gardeners’ World Live once again. 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.”

Gardeners’ World Live runs from the 14th to 17th June 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham. For tickets and more information please visit: