Published Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 in Oatridge Campus news
A horticultural student from the Oatridge Campus of SRUC has reached the finals of a prestigious UK-wide landscaping competition.
Josh Dow has
beaten off stiff competition in a regional heat and a national semi-final to
reach the final of the UK WorldSkills UK Landscaping Competition, run by the
Association of Professional Landscapers.
of reaching the final is a fitting celebration for Josh who has just completed
an NC in Horticulture with Landscape Construction at SRUC Oatridge. He enjoyed
the course so much he is now about to further his studies by progressing onto
the HNC in Landscape Management.
his journey in the competition at the regional heat held at the Gardening
Scotland event – scoring highly with the judges to allow him to compete in the
semi-final which was held at the high profile Royal Horticultural Society’s
Flower Show at Tatton Park in Cheshire.
competitors were tested on their timber, brickwork and planting skills over 18
hours to individually build a full 6m x 2m garden – being marked on the quality
of their work and attention to detail.
garden design featured trellis fencing, monoblocking, planted areas, a slabbed
patio and a turfed area.
decided that the scores of the competitors were so close that they decided all
seven competitors would progress to the final which takes place at the
Birmingham NEC from 17-19 November.
gardener Joe Swift, who announced the results at the Tatton Park event, said:
“All deserved to go through to the final. I was very impressed with the quality
of the gardens and the talent on display from the competitors – especially
given the challenging high temperature weather conditions.”
delighted to have reached the final of the competition: “I’m ecstatic! It was
an exciting event – but it was a lot of hard work, especially in the heat.”
feeling confident about his prospects for the final in November but is leaving
nothing to chance. “The final should be good fun, but I am going to get some
practice in before hand and try to improve all round.”
Millar, one of his tutors at SRUC Oatridge, said: “Josh’s achievement has been
remarkable so far. He is now going to be brushing up the skills required for
the final, and we are looking forward to supporting him at the final event in
“It is a
great personal honour for Josh – but it also testament to the quality of the
students and teaching on our horticultural courses at SRUC Oatridge.”
caption: SRUC Oatridge horticultural student Josh Dow and his landscape garden
at the RHS Flower Show.
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