Melinda Messenger hunts for Milton Keynes’ best landscaped garden

Melinda Messenger
Melinda Messenger

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

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

The best entry from Milton Keynes, as judged by a panel of experts, will be in with a chance of being awarded Best Landscape Job in the South of 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 in September 2015.

Melinda Messenger 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.

“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.”

Lucy Miller of Travis Perkins added: “The trade has been badly hit by the recession, but there is an overwhelming sense of optimism right now and property owners are starting to invest in their homes once more.

“A good landscape gardener treats the garden like an outside room, putting together a comprehensive spec that uses high quality trade products to create an interesting space that meets the clients needs.”

She 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.”

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 their local Travis Perkins branch on Deans Road but entries can also be submitted online at

The competition is only open to Travis Perkins account holders.