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Landscape Team

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Graduate Landscapes employ a qualified team of over 40 landscape gardeners who from an early age have made landscape gardening and design their chosen profession. Many of our staff have been to either Merrist Wood College in Guildford or Spasholt College Winchester. There is a bewildering array of related courses to choose from, but the majority of our staff now possess NVQ level 1 and 2 in both hard and soft landscaping, and various BTech qualifications up to full University degrees. We take great pride in our ongoing apprentice scheme with two of our youngest staff on day release courses from Merrist Wood . It gives them a chance to learn the theory alongside the day to day practical on site work, giving them a solid base to learn the profession. We have also for a number of years taken both French and Austrian students in their final year of horticultural training at their regional universities. 

Ongoing training is a vital part of our companys progress . Each member of staff has a tailor made programme of training  to equip them for the projects they will have to undertake. These include courses for chainsaw works  felling and crosscutting. Training in disc cutting is vital for the hard landscaping teams, and anyone using such a cutter will be qualified with the relevant certificates. A number of our staff also have PA1 and PA6 qualification in use of knapsack sprayers, now a legal requirement, while it takes up to a week to qualify our staff to drive diggers or dumpers.

This level of training allows us to adhere to the strict health and safety criteria laid down by successive administrations, and gives us the confidence to take on projects full in the knowledge we gave the right individuals with the right skills to bring them to a happy conclusion.