Passionate young TCL landscapers win coveted national awards
Two TCL colleagues have been presented with prestigious national awards for their drive, passion and vision.
Regional relationship manager Tanya Wilsher and senior operations manager Laurence Vincent have been named winners in Pro Landscaper magazine’s 30 under 30: The Next Generation awards, which are designed to recognise some of the finest individuals in the landscaping and horticulture sector.
Laurence told judges he was driven by his love of creating aesthetically pleasing and relaxing outdoor spaces
“Our work here at TCL can turn degenerated and neglected environments into inspirational scenes that lift spirits and improve people’s quality of life.
“The work we do in improving and shaping residential areas is incredibly important, especially on housing developments, because we have the ability to maintain the vitally important open spaces that make housing estates welcoming and homely. This ensures that future generations will continue to have amenities that enable them to enjoy their outdoor spaces.”
One of his proudest achievements is the creation of a garden and vegetable plots at a school for children with special needs in Kent which involved installing wheelchair accessible paths and raised planting beds designed for children with mobility problems.
TCL South East director Jeff Thackeray added: “Laurence is a breath of fresh air in the workplace. He has been gifted with an old head upon young shoulders, making him a valuable asset to the TCL team.
“Throughout my 30 years of working in this industry I have rarely come across someone with such passion and horticultural ability. He is an inspiration to his colleagues.”
Tanya, who works in TCL’s play division is passionate about the importance of outdoor activities in helping shape children’s futures.
She explained: “The growing number of infants and toddlers who would now rather use an electronic device than play outside means there needs to be an appeal for youngsters to leave the house if we are to create a greener planet for future generations.
“The chance to influence the creation of areas utilised by children who are influenced by their surroundings and learning through play acts as motivation to ensure this sector is one that can continue to grow.
“It’s motivating to know that my vision of using landscaping on a wider scale to increase play value as an alternative to prescribed play is shared. Hopefully we can move away from our tick box template for play areas.
“It’s important that we are able to think out of the box when designing and ultimately encourage more young people to join our industry. No matter which path you choose you are directly contributing to people’s lives, whether it be providing an enjoyable or relaxing place to go, facilitating peoples hobbies or sports or educating all ages on landscaping, play, risk and life skills.”
Director of play services Oscar Sorabjee added: “Tanya has immersed herself in working with clients, councils and architects to help them visualise what a finished project looks like beyond the drawings and brief, as well as what the longer-term maintenance impact could be and how to address this in the best way possible.”