Young Achiever National Award success for local Landscapers

PUBLISHED: 09:58 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:58 19 March 2014

Steve Pidgeley Hambrooks

Steve Pidgeley Hambrooks


Keen young landscaper Steve Pidgeley who works for Hampshire based Hambrooks collected a top accolade on March 12th at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards 2014 held in the City of London at Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate.

Steve Pidgeley received the ‘Highly Commended’ in the Young Achiever Award category for his outstanding dedication to his work while taking an apprenticeship on the Hambrooks Apprenticeship Programme 2012, which gave places to 17 local youngsters to begin a career in landscaping and horticulture.

Steve of Hambrooks said, “I was bowled over and couldn’t quite believe it. More than anything I want to thank my mentor and Team Leader Matt Willmott, who has encouraged and helped me so much.”

While many apprentices showed great aptitude and excellence in their work, Steve proved very quickly that despite having no previous experience he is a natural in the field of landscaping. Additionally, he has a very high standard of workmanship and goes the extra mile to ensure he gets everything right. Norman Hambrook, Managing Director said, “It is great that youngsters entering into the landscaping business are getting recognition because they are the industry’s future. Steve rightly deserves this award because from the outset he showed determination to learn and displayed outstanding dedication to his work, rapidly becoming a valuable member of the team.”

The national APL Awards now in their 18th year, recognise and promote the very best in landscaping undertaken by APL members in categories that range from smaller projects, special features and garden maintenance to contracts of over £250,000. The awards are a celebration of the high standards that have been achieved by members and demonstrate he APL’s commitment to quality landscaping.

One of this year’s judges was Richard Barnard from Hillier Landscapes in Hampshire who paid a special tribute to Norman Hambrook saying, ‘The commitment Hambrooks has made with its whole ‘fleet’ of apprentices is fantastic for the future of the industry.’

Hambrooks, Curdridge, Hampshire, SO32 2DA, 01489 779998,

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