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  • Northside West

Brian’s design sprouts award

Saturday, 27th February, 2016 10:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Brian’s design sprouts award

Northsider Brian Mangan with TV Personality Diarmuid Gavin at the awards ceremony

Brian’s design sprouts award

Northsider Brian Mangan with TV Personality Diarmuid Gavin at the awards ceremony

NORTHSIDER Brian Mangan has been rewarded for his landscape design talent at this year’s Kilsaran Student Design Competition 2016.

Renowned garden designer and TV personality, Diarmuid Gavin, was the overall judge of the competition that took place in Kilsaran’s headquarters in Co Meath last week.

Brian is a mature student at the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and his creative, original landscape design ensured he was one of five finalists in the competition.

“Gardening has always been my passion, my daughter Kate is a botanist and spurred me on to change my career in IT to horticulture,” Brian from Griffith Avenue said.

“I love to garden with my grandson Leo who’s four. It’s a wonderful way to relax and brilliant for your overall wellbeing.

“I did the course to get more of an understanding of the technical side of design so I’m delighted that my efforts have been recognised by someone like Diarmuid who I always admired.”

Kilsaran received over 58 entries for this year’s competition, the highest to date. The designs varied from traditional and contemporary to wacky and inventive.

The brief was to design a garden to fit a 60 - 90 square metre space and judges were looking for a design that was original, practical and buildable using the company’s hard paving and walling products within a budget of €20,000.

Speaking at the awards ceremony Diarmuid Gavin said: “It is truly amazing to see such creative and innovative landscape displays year after year.

“We see lots of student competitions every year but this one is truly unique as it puts landscape design talent on the map and may encourage others to seek a career in this space.”

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