BALI GoLandscape flies the flag for students at RHS Hampton Court

BALI GoLandscape flies the flag for students at RHS Hampton Court

News - 29 June 2018

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and BALI Registered members to design and build a show garden, with support from horticulture and landscape students, at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3-8 July).

BALI, through its education and careers initiative GoLandscape, is once again working alongside the RHS to fly the proverbial flag to promote both students studying horticulture and landscape courses and those undertaking work-based apprenticeships to the tens of thousands of visitors who will visit the show this July.

Students studying from the South of England have been invited by BALI to help build the show garden, titled ‘Best of Both Worlds’. They will be mentored by senior level landscaping professionals, including garden designers, landscape contractors, and GoLandscape Ambassadors, in a true demonstration of industry collaboration.

BALI’s Education Officer, Stephen Ensell, commented “Now more than ever we need to unite under BALI’s GoLandscape initiative to promote the many opportunities available to secure a rewarding career in the industry. In my opinion, there is no better way of doing this than by supporting and encouraging our hard-working students and apprentices from across the industry at a nationally recognised event such as the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.”

He continued “By demonstrating the skills and capabilities of our next generation and by allowing them to gain first-hand experience with a show garden build of this size and complexity, we are creating an insight into landscaping for potential students coming out of secondary education and to career changers.”

RHS Show Manager, Gemma Lake said: “We are thrilled to be working with BALI at RHS Hampton this year to bring an exciting show garden that will offer the opportunity for dedicated landscaping students to display their skills and craftsmanship. At the RHS we know how important it is to help support young talent out there and we’re looking forward to welcoming some of the very best alongside BALI to encourage and inspire others.” 

The show garden, which features over 1,000 plant varieties, bespoke garden furniture, a spectacular water feature and a multitude of landscaping materials including quality stone and aggregate from BALI Registered Affiliate member London Stone.

On Monday 2nd July, BALI will be hosting a photocall on the Best of Both Worlds garden and will be presenting two of the students with prizes for their hard work and demonstration of exceptional skill during the build. One student from hard landscaping and one student from soft landscaping will be receiving the prize which will be presented by some of the mentors and GoLandscape Ambassadors. 

On Tuesday 3rd July, BALI Chief Executive Wayne Grills will be hosting an All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPGHG) tour of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, alongside holding their next meeting at the event. The group will be stopping by BALI GoLandscape's Best of Both Worlds show garden first thing, to meet some of the students responsible for the build. This presents the perfect opportunity for BALI to promote the landscaping industry and the importance of providing sufficient funding for students and apprentices studying horticulture related degrees, directly with parliamentarians.

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