Lucy Mitchell has been awarded Garden Design Student of the Year at Capel Manor College, Acting Head of Horticulture and Garden Design Sophie Guinness said: “Lucy is enthusiastic and very hard working, she will ‘go the extra mile’ and work beyond the curriculum to create exciting and interesting work. Her interpretation of the brief is detailed and nuanced and demonstrates great understanding of the process of design. Lucy is a great communicator; her tutor has praised her class interactions. We have really enjoyed having Lucy in our classes as she works well with her fellow students. Lucy was also winner of the ‘Water Tower’ Competition, creating an imaginative landscape for a brutalist building – the water Tower, which is being converted into an iconic and award winning air B’n’B.”
Lucy said: ”I feel I have learnt so much on this course, but what is really exciting is that I think to stay relevant in this industry it will be important to keep learning and moving forward at the same pace as technology and our understanding of best practice for the environment. I believe sustainability is the single most important factor for any designer to consider whilst also fulfilling our clients and our own desires to create new and beautiful outdoor spaces, and as knowledge advances and better products and practices are created it will be important to be at the forefront.”
She added: “I enjoyed the focus this year on Materials & Construction Methods, this knowledge is really valuable for finding amazing Landscapers to collaborate with. The great thing about studying at Capel Manor is being able to walk around the site and see so many examples of different styles of gardens and learn about the construction methods required. Having a tutor that runs a business offering Design & Construction services has also made discussions in class relevant and informative. Finally, working as a team on various projects has reminded me how worthwhile it is to collaborate with others for a greater outcome and enjoyable journey.”
Lucy wins a cheque for £100 and is now in the frame for the National Student of the year award, and a chance to win £500 for both her and her college, and a pair of tickets to the BALI National Landscape Awards in London, on December 1st.