Landscape apprentices, students and show garden novices from across the UK were given a chance to kick-start their show garden career with a major new attraction at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (16 – 18 September 2016).

Green Lane was a street of five back gardens packed with ideas and options for making the most of a small space. It was built in just five days by up and coming young landscapers, most showcasing their talents for the first time.

The gardens all received Silver awards. The judges were impressed and couldn’t fault the construction and the overall impact with the gardens gave, but challenges on the site caused for some quick thinking that unfortunately strayed the gardens from the submitted brief.

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and Landscape Skills Academy partnered up with Harrogate Shows to produce these five gardens, which were designed by APL member and RHS Judge Steve Smith “Shore Landscapes”, and mentoring was provided by Steve, Jody Lidgard, “Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and Landscape Skills Academy, and Nick Edwards of Nicholas Edwards Gardens.

Each of the gardens was set against the backdrop of a contemporary street scene, with practical themes ranging from alfresco dining and container planting to communal grow your own and child-friendly plots. All done in line with HTA/APL GIMB promotion “Love The Plot You Got”

Phil Tremayne, National Business Manager for APL, said: “This is the pre-cursor to what we hope will be an annual event, giving young students and apprentices the opportunity to showcase their talents under expert guidance in front of a fantastic audience”.

The gardens have been supported by APL associates Marshalls who have supplied all the paving and sent their technical team to help on day 1 of the build, J A Jones who have once again supplied some excellent nursery stock, GreenTech who have supplied soil, bark and landscape materials, Lindum Turf, Lushington Garden Buildings, APL members Paxman Landscapes supplied their artificial turf and help from their apprentice, Toby Heaton. RHS Young Landscaper of the Year, Ewan Sewell, also came along to supply some extra help, along with WorldSkills finalist Jacob Botting from Bespoke Outdoor Spaces, and ProLandscaper 30 under 30 winner Joshua McDonnell.

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