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 gruelling 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.
A resident of west Auckland, he completed a sports turf management apprenticeship and 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, and getting to meet and network with all the industry leaders,” Blair says.
“Natural Habitats have been very supportive with entering Young Landscaper and Young Horticulture of the Year competitions.
“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.”
With the challenge of Young Horticulturalist of the Year in November, Blair is currently focused on developing a winning innovative marketing presentation.