Zach has always been a keen gardener, at 16 he started his own gardening business in his spare time working for friends and family and then around other homes in Skipton. Zach was keen to start work as soon as he left Upper Wharfedale School and attended the Craven College open evening to get some advice about how to find an Apprenticeship.
“I like being outdoors. I did some work experience with a landscape gardener whilst at school in year 10 and then he took me on over the following summer. I knew I wanted to do an Apprenticeship and I contacted Chris Myers and did a trial after finishing my GCSEs. This Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation uses my gardening skills but I am learning so much more from Chris.
As part of my Apprenticeship, I am also getting additional training from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust through their trainee scheme such as Brush Cutter training and Chainsaw Handling etc. I have met lots of new people and I am getting involved with youth forums, helping young rangers and taking part in other activities outside of work and College as part of the Green Futures project. It’s more than just a job.”
Chris Myers, RHS Gold Medal winner, says: “I was thinking about taking on an Apprentice and Zach got in touch, so it was perfect timing really. Zach is very hard working, keen and is picking things up quickly. He shows initiative and has a lot of potential for working in this field but he still has lots to learn!
We get involved with a huge variety of work in countryside management around the area but I am also getting Zach involved with the design side. This year, we will be working with the Canal & Rivers Trust on an entry for Gardeners’ World Live in Birmingham. Watch this space!”