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Landscapers are in the running to be named 'Britain's Top Tradesperson'

Mike Long and Garreth Evans (2609310)
Mike Long and Garreth Evans (2609310)

Two landscapers from Bury St Edmunds are in the running to be named 'Britain's Top Tradesperson'.

Mike Long and Garreth Evans are regional finalists in the contest organised by Screwfix.

They will go head-to-head against three other tradespeople in the Eastern heat at Thetford's Screwfix store on Monday, June 25.

Mr Long, 32, who trades under the name JWL Landscapes & Garden Maintenance, said: "I'm over the moon to be a regional finalist, it's such a great competition and to get this far is fantastic."

He ran his own landscaping company Genesis Landscapes for eight years.

Mr Long was then headhunted to work for another company following the unexpected death of his friend, and the owner, where he is working to rebuild the moral of the team and inspire them to develop their skills.

Meanwhile, Mr Evans, 26, who trades under Evans Property Maintenance, has 10 years of experience and will 'always go above and beyond to help his customers if he can', even driving his elderly customers to the post office.

He said: "It's incredibly rewarding to be recognised for the hard work that I put in, and I'm determined to show my dedication to the trade and my customers."

The main prize in the competition is a Mitsubishi L200 Warrior pickup truck.

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