Silver Merit Award Winners at BBC Gardeners’ World Live!
Timotay was shortlist to compete in this year’s APL Avenue Show Garden competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Each of the contenders were tasked with creating an inspirational, aspirational but relatable garden at the show, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham. Timotay Landscapes have been awarded a silver merit at BBC Gardener’s World, which reflects their expertise, passion and desire to create inspirational outdoor spaces.
Timotay celebrated their 30th year in 2017, and continue with their award winning year. In March of this year, Timotay Landscapes also won a Gold and Silver Award from the Association of Professional Landscapers. Timotay Landscapes employ a team of 70 based in Wollaston, Northamptonshire with investments recently made in manufacturing facilities.
Timotay designer, Robyn Brookes, is overjoyed at winning a silver merit award at this years’ prestigious BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show. Her award winning design was aimed at young families, extending their living space through to the garden. Featuring an outdoor cinema, pizza oven and a canopied play platform, the space is designed to be entertaining for the whole family.
Tim Ellwood, director at Timotay, said: “Our team have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we impressed with our design, build and creativity. Our ultimate goal was to create an outdoor space that is inspirational – but most importantly, achievable to all, and especially to the 88,000 visitors at BBC Gardeners’ World.”
The competition was made up of four other landscaping companies from Hertfordshire, Sussex, Lancashire and Worcestershire. Bob Sweet, horticultural director of BBC Gardeners’ World Live, said: “We have no doubt that each of the five finalists will offer visitors of the Show a great deal of take-home ideas, whilst showcasing what incredible designers and landscapers they’re in their own right.”
BBC Gardeners’ World Live took place from Thursday 14 June to Sunday 17 June at the NEC and attracted around 88,000 visitors. The Show Garden Assessment Panel, which included RHS Chelsea Flower Show TV host Lesley Kerr OBE, alongside a public vote, will decide who takes home the accolade of Best APL Avenue Show Garden.
…and we won! We are thrilled to announce that Timotay won the following awards at the APL Awards
Gold! The Village Project
Gold! Contemporary Cheshire Garden
Gold! Community Garden (Cherry Lane Adventure Playground…)
Silver! The Social Garden
We are extremely proud to have received these prestigious awards, and this is through our incredible teams who show tremendous dedication, expertise and hardwork! The APL Awards (Association of Professional Landscapers) showcase and select leaders within the landscaping arena, where the design and final project demonstrates quality and superior final project.
Tim Ellwood, Director “We are extremely proud to have received the 4 awards at the APL awards, and be recognised for our hard work, passion and dedication to the landscape industry. Our entire team work tirelessly to deliver inspirational outdoor spaces”
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The outdoor environment and Early Years Settings…
It is certainly no industry secret that in year’s gone-by and previous generations of children benefiting from extended amounts time outdoors and often unsupervised. Many adults, who experienced this first hand, look back fondly on these early experiences.
It is commonly recognised these experiences made (and make) a positive impact, and as adults we are aware that it shaped many elements of our own health and development. Even though the developmental needs of children today have not changed, the fears felt by adults about increased traffic and perceived threat of child abduction has led to a shift in society in terms of attitude towards children’s access to and importantly use of the outdoor environment. What’s more, with the ever growing interest and use of media equipment such as computers, televisions, mobile devices, tables, this has contributed a society where many of our children now live sedentary lives, with very few, and certainly limited opportunities to access outdoor space or the huge benefits from being outside.
Regardless of the cultural shift away from playing and learning in outdoor environments, it continues to be crucial to children’s development, wellbeing and development. Subsequently, the role of early years settings should ensure that they maximise opportunities to play freely and safely outsides is crucial.
An early years setting and environment should allow play and learning to flow seamlessly between indoors and outdoors, enabling children to make the most of the leaning resources and materials available to them and develop their ideas without needless interruption. Outdoor learning complements indoor learning and is equally important. Outdoor learning incorporates all that children do, see, hear or feel in their outdoor space. This includes the experiences that their practitioners create and plan for, the spontaneous activities that children initiate, and the naturally occurring cyclical opportunities linked to the seasons, weather and nature.
At Timotay, we are here to help you to promote outdoor learning. Our Playground Consultants are time served Early Years Professionals and can offer a wealth of knowledge when developing outdoor environments.
What’s more, our products provide a great basis for promoting outdoor learning, linking indoors to outdoors and ensuring that all equipment has a play value and objective.
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