Earlier this year, BBC Gardeners’ World Live announced the launch of the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, in conjunction with the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and sponsored by Marshalls. Just a couple of months later, the names of the four talented contestants have been named:

In the red corner:
Jacob Botting and Harvey Miller (Company: Bespoke Outdoor Spaces)

And in the blue corner:
Dan McGeoghegan and Ryan Bell (Company: The Plants & Paving Company)

The two teams now go forward to each build a Show Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin – both displaying a wide variety of techniques and materials requiring an outstanding array skills and craftsmanship. The competition is a platform to promote excellence and support up and coming landscapers, encouraging them to engage with high profile projects.

Read more about the competition here

The APL Avenue will also be returning to BBC Gardeners' World Live this year, with our final five gardens being built by :

  • A to Z Gardening Landscaping Services Ltd, designed by Levente Papp and Alina Ciobotaru
  • Conquest Creative Spaces, designed by Ross Conquest
  • KeyScape Gardens, designed by Wilson Associates Garden Design
  • Living Gardens, designed by Peter Cowell
  • Timotay Landscapes, designed by Timotay Landscapes

The five gardens within APL Avenue give visitors the opportunity to witness first-hand what variety, quality, creativity and interpretation of a brief can be achieved in a small space when engaging the skills of a professional landscaper. Members of the APL team and the landscapers will be on hand throughout the four days of the event to meet up to 100,000 visitors and share their wealth of knowledge, demystifying the process of a garden build and giving advice on costs and options.

To ensure top-quality design and construction, each garden will receive a contribution towards the build. Marshalls and Rolawn are both garden product suppliers, with Marshalls supplying products from their domestic range and Rolawn supplying their turf and topsoil.

Best of luck to all of our competitors in the two competitions this year!

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