Guillaume Chabbert from Natural Habitats in Auckland has been named the Young Landscaper of the Year for 2022.
The 29-year-old site manager has worked in landscape construction for more than 10 years, and this was his third time vying for the title.
“There are some great competitors, but each year I have made some improvements. I enjoy the competition for the challenge, and to meet people from the industry,” Chabbert says.
“My favourite component is the grass and lawn preparation which involves working on a 2 x 3 metre square. It is detailed and careful work which I enjoy.
Lawn preparation is just one element of the competition, run by Registered Master Landscapers, which sees the young landscapers assessed on their practical and workplace-based skills.
The competitors were drilled across a variety of practical skills and written tests, including, but not limited to, planting, paving, small digger operation and more.