WSUK National Finals 2021

The World Skills Final 2021 was the first time the finals had been held outside of the NEC for many years. Due to Covid the Landscape finals were hosted by Myerscough College nr Preston and Horticulture was hosted in Llanrumney Wales. Both events were fantastic and the quality and enthusiasm of all competitors shone through.

Thankyou and Well done.

APL World Skills Competition 2021.

Cameron Barker Wins Gold WSUK2021

Cameron Barker put in a stunning performance to win GOLD at this years World Skills UK (WSUK) Landscaping Final. Cameron an apprentice from Steven Foxcroft Landscapes, studying at Myerscough College dropped just 18% to make him a clear winner in this years competiton.

Judges commented that Cameron's performance was well planned and meticulously delivered and he is a great prospect for the future.

Congratulations Cameron, we are sure you will do well in the future.

The 2021 Final

After a very different year due to covid restrictions for the heats, the APL WSUK Final eventually went ahead on November 8th -11th 2021. This time the final was held at Myerscough College in Preston, rather than its normal host The NEC in Birmingham.

Six finalists competed for the honour of being crowned WSUK National Gold Medallist 2021 over the three days of competition.

The test scheme was designed by Phil Tremayne and then drawn up on CAD by Karl Harrison Landscapes.

The design included: Paving, Brick Pathway, Decking, Carpentry, Turfing, Planting, Lighting and a Water Feature.

Competitors for the final were from

Competitors are marked on each discipline as they build the test piece. Most of the marks are based on measurements and have tolerances between 3 and 5mm, some marks are subjective and some are simply based on completion.

Add all this to the pressure of being scrutinised for 16.5 hrs and you can imagine what a tough task this is.

World Skills UK Final 2021 Images at Myerscough College

Battery Powered Makita Saw
A beautiful mitre on the composite deck from TREX
Finished Plot, Paving From Marshalls Plants From JA Jones

Thank You

A huge thank you goes out to all the supporters and sponsors of this competition.

Thanks goes to our judges, Steve Smith and Simon Abbot.

Thanks also goes to Myerscough College and especially Richard Heys (Landscape Head) who helped coordinate everything.

Thanks goes to Mark Youde of Urban Landscapes and The Landscape Academy for helping Richard get the event set up complete.

Finally our sponsors

Makita     J A Jones    Marshalls    

Arbor Forest Products      Landscape Plus

Your support is essential, so thank you.

At the end... A well earned meal.

Well done to all involved.

Foundation Skills

November 18th at the stunning venue of Lanrumney Hall, 9 competitors took place in the WSUK Foundation Skills Competition for Horticulture.

The Foundation Skills competitions have been created to showcase the skills of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), additional learning needs (ALN), or who require additional support for learning (ASL), who are currently undertaking a course with an FE or training provider at Entry level or level 1.

These competitions provide opportunities for students and learners to develop their vocational skills, wider skills for work, personal, social and independence skills.

The Hort. competition usually sees competitors Clear, Prepare, Design and Plant a Raised Border. Due to covid changing the venue from the NEC, competitors were asked to Design and Plant a range of Christmas Containers for the Garden Centre Retail Market.

There were some stunning results. A huge thanks goes out to HTA Members Pughs Garden Centre, Morganstown, Cardiff for helping source and supply all the plant material.


The competitors were

A huge well done to all.