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A Beautiful Obsession and the Apprenticeship Awards

The Guild was proud to co-host the Apprenticeship Awards online (a first!) We were pleased that over 70 people were able to join us on the night, including family, friends, apprentices and staff.


It was the first time we awarded the Toni Assirati Award to Malachi Yarker. Awards were also presented to Selina Tan, Alexis Baddeley and Chris Fisher.


Adam Stoter invited the famous horticulturist, Jimi Blake to speak at the ceremony. It was a fabulous talk with the most beautiful photographs of plants in Jimi's garden. Not to be missed!


Your can view the ceromony online below:

The 2020 Awards Winners are:


The ‘George Cook Award’ sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, was presented to Alexis Baddeley for demonstrating outstanding commitment and achievement, over the full course of his studies, during his four years spent as an apprentice. Alexis works for idverde and is based at Regents Park.

Alexis Baddeley accepting the George Cook Award.
Alexis Baddeley accepting the George Cook Award.
 

Chris Fisher was presented with his award for maintaining a consistently high standard in the quality of both his academic and practical work, showing exceptional improvement over the past year. Chris works for Gavin Jones and is based at Richmond Park.

Chris Fisher accepting his award.
Chris Fisher accepting his award.
 

Selina Tan was given her award for taking an enthusiastic and proactive approach to her self-learning and development both at college and whilst at work. Selina works for Gavin Jones and is based at Richmond Park.

Selina Tan accepting her award.
Selina Tan accepting her award.
 

This award is dedicated to the memory of Toni Assirati, former Head of Education and Community Engagement at the Royal Parks and a member of the Guild management board. The award is sponsored by members of her family.


Malachi Yarker was presented with his award for a notable, proactive and positive influence on those around him, society and the environment. Malachi works for OCS and is based in Hyde Park.


Malachi Yarker accepting the Toni Assirati Award.
Malachi Yarker accepting the Toni Assirati Award.

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