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TAFE NSW Landscape Construction apprentices battle it out at the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show

16 March 2011

TAFE NSW Landscape Construction apprentices battle it out at the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show

More than 80 up and coming TAFE NSW Landscape Construction apprentices will be out to impress at the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year.

The inaugural TAFE NSW Landscaping Challenge will be the centrepiece of the Great Aussie Backyard – a wide mix of great gardening ideas, exhibitors and leading gardening experts.

Following the theme “A Courtyard Garden”, the four competing teams will be made up of students enrolled at each of the four participating TAFE NSW Institutes.

  • Illawarra Institute – Yallah
  • North Sydney Institute – Ryde
  • South Western Sydney Institute – Padstow
  • Western Sydney Institute – Richmond

Promoting the importance of sustainability, each team’s design is required to incorporate either eco-friendly or water wise elements. The displays will also demonstrate practical ways that people can incorporate these methods in their gardens at home.

The Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW is excited to introduce this new competition which will not only teach Sydneysiders how they can create their very own courtyard gardens, but also provide a valuable educational opportunity for the landscaping students.

This opportunity for the students encompasses working onsite during the build and bump‐in of the largest annual event in the Southern Hemisphere. It will also give them a unique insight into the challenges that professional landscapers face when working on large projects to tight deadlines.

Design, teamwork, networking with industry, problem solving and project management are just some of the invaluable skills the students will take away from this challenge.

The displays will be constructed pre‐show and then judged by a panel of experts, including TV gardening personality Jody Rigby, on Thursday 14 April. A ‘People’s Choice Award’ will be presented on Friday 22 April, with public voting taking place from 14 - 21 April in The Great Aussie Backyard.

 

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