WorldSkills journey continues for Reaseheath landscaper

Reaseheath horticulture student Aaron Byrne will join other talented future garden landscapers in the WorldSkills UK finals after qualifying at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2016.

Successful WorldSkills UK competitor Aaron Byrne

Successful WorldSkills UK competitor Aaron Byrne

Aaron, 17, who is studying for his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture, demonstrated his technical skills in block paving, decking construction and plant placement at Tatton alongside six other young landscapers.

The demanding three day competition, run by the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) aims to identify and nurture potential GB team members for WorldSkills, an Olympic-style global final which showcases the world’s top young talent in vocational industries.

This year the quality of work and attention to detail was so high that all competitors have qualified for the final, to be held at The Skills Show, Birmingham, in November.

Jody Lidgard, APL lead judge and trainer, said: “We have a lot of young talent moving up through the ranks and producing work to a good, professional standard. This is very pleasing as we are putting all our efforts into standardising and improving the skills coming into the industry.”

Aaron, a former Weaverham High School pupil, said: “This was a real challenge over three days against very strong competition but it was a great opportunity for me to show off the technical skills and knowledge I’ve gained during my studies at Reaseheath. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to doing more training in preparation for the finals.”

Hopefully Aaron will follow in the footsteps of former Reaseheath Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture student Matt Beesley from Winsford, who was a member of the GB WorldSkills squad in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015 and successfully brought home a silver medal – Britain’s first ever medal in garden landscaping.