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Young Landscaper of the Year groomed and pruned at Natural Habitats

Young Landscaper of the Year groomed and pruned at Natural Habitats


Blair Chicken, who has been part of the Natural Habitats team for five years, is thrilled to be named 2013 Young Landscaper of the Year.

During a grueling one day face-off in Cromwell, where competitors were tested on their building,paving, profiling, pruning and plant knowledge, Blair came out in top position.

After completing a sports turf management apprenticeship West-Auckland Blair started at Natural Habitats as a digger driver, but soon developed his landscaping skills to progress further. Natural Habitats also supported Blair in completing his Horticulture and Landscape L4 Advanced Certificates.

“It has been a great experience entering Young Landscaper of the Year, getting to meet and network with all the industry leaders. Natural Habitats have been very supportive with entering Young Landscaper and Young Horticulture of the Year. They have put me through any extra courses needed and are always keen to help me develop my skills further. Natural Habitats provide a great range of work, so I can expand my experience to become a great landscaper,” said Blair Chicken.

Natural Habitats is 60 staff strong who provide the full landscape process from landscape architecture and creative design to a quality plant finish and ongoing garden care.

“We offer a great career path for those interested in growing their landscaping expertise and it’s really rewarding to see talent coming through that we help develop further,” said Darren Barrett, Landscape Site Manager. Darren also entered and won Young Landscaper of the Year in 2008 and encouraged Blair to enter this year.

With the challenge of Young Horticulturalist of the Year in November looming, Blair is currently focused on developing a winning innovative marketing presentation. Watch this space…