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Landscaping Student Wins Prestigious 'BALI Chalk Fund Top Student Award'

Posted on 13 December 2018
Landscaping Student Wins Prestigious ‘BALI Chalk Fund Top Student Award’

Ashley Zymanczyk and Tony Begg (left) with Peter Jennins OBE and Matt O'Conner (right)

Landscaping student, Ashley Zymanczyk, recently received the BALI Chalk Fund’s Top Student of the Year Award 2018 at the 42nd BALI National Landscape Awards.

The ceremony, which was hosted by broadcasters and presenter Dan Walker, took place on Friday 7 December at the 5-star Grosvenor House in London. Regularly attracting circa 950 guests, the awards ceremony pays tribute to BALI Registered members across the UK and overseas who have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill in the execution of a wide variety of landscape projects.

The BALI Chalk Fund’s Top Student of the Year Award is given by trustees of the Geoffrey Chalk Memorial Fund, to recognise those who have performed above all others in their year and will make a positive impact on the industry in the years to come. 

Ashley’s award was presented by Peter Jennins OBE, Chairman of the BALI Chalk Fund, and Matt O’Conner, Vice Chairman of the BALI Board of Directors. He was personally awarded with a cash prize, and the College received a check for £500 from BALI Chalk Fund Trustees to be used to develop the Landscaping and Horticulture curriculum at the College.

Darren Taylor, Marketing & Communications Manager for the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), commented: “Having had the privilege of meeting Ashley in person at this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards, after he was presented with the BALI Chalk Fund’s Top Student of the Year Award 2018, it was incredibly humbling to see how much the award meant to Ashley and to his employer, Guildford Landscapes, who I was sat adjacent to throughout the ceremony. Ashley has proven that with the right attitude, commitment and practical experience in both hard and soft landscaping, our future professionals have great potential to excel in their respective fields. A worthy recipient of this year’s accolade, Ashley has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate, exceptional talent throughout his career to-date, from his time at Tendercare Nurseries and his current studies at Merrist Wood College to his full-time role at Guildford Landscapes. Through our GoLandscape careers initiative, we look forward to supporting Ashley throughout his career and would welcome him to join as a GoLandscape Ambassador to help share his story with other young professionals looking to start their own careers in the horticulture and landscaping sector.”

Landscaping tutor, Tony Begg, said: “Ashley has been a pleasure to teach and is a deserving winner of this prize. He has shown a great talent for the subject, and his dedication is outstanding. We wish him all the best for the future. I'm sure he will go far in the industry!”

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