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Congratulation to Jamie Gould, who won the George Cook award at the recent The Royal Parks Guild Apprenticeship Awards.

The George Cook award is open to final year apprentices at London’s eight Royal Parks and recognises outstanding achievement.

Jamie’s passion for biodiversity and conservation has been clear throughout his four-year apprenticeship in Richmond Park. Examples of him improving biodiversity include the creation of a wildlife pond in Isabella Plantation, improving water quality through the removal of invasive aquatic plants, maintaining reed beds, planting a native mixed hedgerow and sowing mistletoe on trees to establish this British native in Richmond Park.

Jamie began his apprenticeship at the age of 16. Four years on he has secured permanent employment with The Royal Parks, and has an impressive number of qualification under his belt, including distinctions in RHS Level 2 qualifications in Horticulture and a Level 3 in Advanced Environmental Conservation.

Jo Scrivener, Assistant Park Manager at Richmond Park, said: “Jamie is very deserving of this award. He has always been willing to work on his own, lead a team or work with others. Over the years I have seen Jamie become an accomplished and mature member of the team.”

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