IN WITH THE NEW…KEEPING THE OLD

Sam LaceyLiam McDonaldDenjoe O'ConnorBrian Dolye a

On the 1st of November, Grace Landscapes’ oldest employee reaches the grand age of 80 years old.  Since January 2008 Brian Doyle of the North West region has worked a 6 hour week litter picking at the Manchester Business Park.  This leaves him plenty of time which he puts to good use as he is currently re-landscaping his garden which involves taking down his 24ft x 8ft shed, erecting a new 10ft x 8ft shed and a lean-to.  Married to Dorothy, Brian has 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, with another due in November.  Having previously worked as a joiner for 18 years, Brian was already approaching normal retirement age when our youngest apprentice Liam was born in February 1997.

In contrast our 3 apprentices, Sam Lacey, Liam McDonald and Denjoe O’Connor, are just 16 and 17 years old.  They joined us in the summer to do the QCF Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture (Landscaping).  Cousins Liam and Denjoe share similar pass times, keeping friends and family’s gardens tidy and tinkering with motorbikes though their dream bike differs.  Liam would go for a Husqvarna whilst Denjoe would opt for a KTM.  Sam on the other hand enjoys coarse and fly fishing,regularly entering competitions in the Barnsley and Penistone area, a 15lb carp being his biggest catch to date.

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