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WorldSkills Winners 2018

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You will have seen plenty of coverage of this year’s WorldSkills competition via our blogs and Twitter feed – we have been very proud to have sponsored the Landscaping competition in association with eh Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).

The competition final was held last week, over the course of 3 days, the culmination of several months of intense competition across the UK.

The finalists had gone through stages of the competition, each focusing on a different element of the landscaping in discipline including paving, planting as well as decking and fencing.

Ecodek is a company that foster the development and education of the next generation and thanks to our membership with the APL, we were in the position to offer sponsorship for the landscaping at WorldSkills 2018!

This year’s competition saw the use of composite decking for the first time, and obviously the participants were provided with ecodek® products! We couldn’t be happier to have been able to offer ecodek® for these young, talented people to work with and practice their skills! It was a perfect way to introduce young and prosperous landscapers to such versatile product, and encourage them to consider the use of new and innovative materials in their work.

During the final competitors were marked on elements such as paving including recessed drain cover detail and block paving provided by Marshalls, and ecodek® deck  and fencing (using our fasica boards), planting with plants provided by J A Jones, lighting provided by Landscapeplus, health and safety and the overall appearance of the garden. The final also included a plant ident created by North West based nurseries J A Jones, designed to test the competitors plant knowledge.

ecodek® has plenty of great benefits including solid build, low potential for slip, low maintenance and the 25 year warranty, but one of the most crucial ones – ecodek® is a sustainable and fully recyclable material. Certainly positive attributes for the next generation of landscapers to consider when discussing materials with clients.


We would like to congratulate to the Gold medal winner – Matthew Wood, Apprentice at Myerscough College, along with Sam Gordon, The Gardenmakers and APL Apprentice, took home the Silver, with Reece McKay from CAFRE taking the Bronze. Congratulations too, to all the other finalists in this year’s competition. We strongly encourage all young people to develop their skills and try to grasp on every opportunity you get!

If you know someone who could be on their way to the final next November, APL WorldSkills UK 2019 opens for entries in March, but you can register your interest now at

For more information about the WorldSkills UK and what they do, visit

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