Following the theme “Small Spaces, Big Ideas”, four competing teams will be made up of students enrolled at each of the four participating TAFE NSW Institutes: Illawarra Institute – Yallah, North Sydney Institute – Ryde, South Western Sydney Institute – Padstow and Western Sydney Institute – Richmond.
The TAFE NSW Landscaping Challenge was introduced in 2011 and is conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS). The competition is judged by a panel nominated by the Landscaping Contractors Association and a celebrity judge, and teams will be scored on the visual impact and general presentation of their design, conformity to the theme, overall appeal, innovation, functionality and workmanship.
Designs are prepared by TAFE NSW Landscape Design Students and then constructed prior to the 2013 Sydney Royal Easter Show by TAFE NSW Landscape Construction students.
This challenge provides a unique opportunity for the students to working onsite during the build and bump‐in of the largest annual event in the Southern Hemisphere, which brings in approximately 900,000 visitors each year. It will also give them a unique insight into the challenges that professional landscapers face when working on large projects to tight deadlines.
Design, teamwork, networking with industry, problem solving and project management are just some of the invaluable skills the students will take away from this challenge and are invaluable skills that the students will continue to use throughout their entire career.