Posted on 17 July 2017
A number of our Landscaping and Horticulture students recently worked on a garden designed by international award winning designer, Andy Sturgeon, at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
Supported by the British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) GoLandscape initiative, the ‘RHS Watch This Space’ show garden was built by landscaping apprentices, trainees and students, supported by David Dodd and The Outdoor Room. The aim of the GoLandscape initiative is to encourage more young people to choose Horticulture and Landscaping as a valuable career.
Level 3 students Ashley Zymanczyk, Pascale Napier, Sarah Joyce and Om Gurung all took part in the build, along with Level 2 students Andrew Maw and Josh Bergson. The interconnecting gardens, which re-used and re-imagined a number of elements from RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens of the past decade, taught each student a wide-range of skills and gave them the opportunity to be mentored by leading industry contractors whilst building a show garden for a world-renowned designer.
Pascale Napier, Level 3 Landscaping (Horticulture) student commented: “The work experience opportunities we have been given at Merrist Wood College have helped to set us up for the future. The tutors go above and beyond to keep us motivated, and the work experience opportunities help us to put our knowledge into practice.”
As well as the GoLandscape initiative, BALI also support the BALI Chalk Fund in memory of founding member, Graham Chalk. Each year top students from BALI registered colleges across the UK are awarded with the ‘Best Student Award’ which includes a certificate and £100 cheque.
This year’s BALI Chalk Fund Award for Best Student 2017 and BALI Cup was awarded to Om Gurung by Paul Cowell of PC Landscapes. Om originally completed the Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture before progressing on to the Level 3 Diploma in Landscaping (Horticulture).
Horticulture tutor, Paul Collingridge, said: “Om has been a pleasure to teach over the years and is a thoroughly deserving winner of the prize. Her passion is second to none and she has shown a great talent for the subject.”
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