Melinda Messenger hunts for Skegness’ best landscaped garden

Melinda Messenger
Melinda Messenger

TV presenter Melinda Messenger is fronting a campaign to find the best landscaping job in Skegness.

Local timber and builders merchants Travis Perkins are launching High 5, a campaign that celebrates the very best in professional landscaping in Britain.

The best entry from Skegness, as judged by a panel of experts, will be in with a chance of being awarded Best Landscape Job in Central England.

The best of the best in Scotland, Wales, Northern, Central and Southern England will form the Travis Perkins High 5. Each winning a weekend away for two and a personal High 5 from Channel 5 Cowboy Builders presenter Melinda at a celebratory lunch at Kensington Roof Gardens, London in September.

Melinda said: “Over the years, I’ve had brilliant experiences of tradesmen working with me. Yet there are so many cowboy tradesmen out there.

“I’m working with Travis Perkins on the High 5 project to find the people who are getting it right and show everyone just how valuable the landscape gardener is in making Britain a green and pleasant land.

“A good landscape gardener can transform even the smallest space into something interesting. Someone who can utilise the space imaginatively and really listen to what their client needs, is what we’re looking for.

She added: “We’re looking for examples of great landscaping work. It could be the creation of an all-weather seating area, structure added to a bland landscape, a lawn that gives Wembley a run for its money or simply a driveway packed with personality using inventive paving.

“I’ll be looking for innovation, creativity and imagination from the entries - a space that I’d want to go into. In addition, there will have to be a mix of textures and materials that work well together, it should be a low maintenance garden, but done brilliantly.”

Nominations must come from the client by Monday, August 17, but landscapers can encourage an entry by handing out a nomination card that can be collected from Travis Perkins Skegness branch on Holly Road. Entries can also be submitted online at

Lucy Miller, of Travis Perkins, added: “From great gardens to amazing landscaped public spaces, Britain’s landscapers are at the top of their game.

“We hear all about the amazing work they’re doing in our local branches every day, so we wanted to properly recognise the best landscaping in Britain. And what better way than to be nominated by the people you’ve done the work for? It’s the ultimate seal of approval on a job well done.

“It’s all about giving the tradesman a ‘High 5’ for a job well done.”

The competition is only open to Travis Perkins account holders.