This year Horticulture Week had the great privilege of supporting this prestigious awards scheme and we hope that by bringing the results to a wider audience, everyone who has worked so hard to participate in the scheme - and achieved so much - will benefit even more from their involvement as a result.
A key objective shared by Horticulture Week and BALI is to highlight to the widest possible audience the arguments in favour of the provision of high-quality and well-maintained landscapes - whether public or private, large or small.
Details of all this year's fantastic winners - all of whom illustrate that objective in different ways - are spelled out in a special 80-page BALI National Landscape Awards supplement, published alongside this edition of Horticulture Week, that will be circulated across our entire readership. Soft copies are available online at www.horticultureweek.co.uk/baliawards2010.
Of course, even this special publication can only give a snapshot of the winners' outstanding achievements. Take, for instance, Bowles & Wyer, which took this year's top accolade, the BALI Grand Award, for a stunning private garden created for a client in Surrey that the judges described as "an exercise in perfection".
The way the designers handled the site, the quality of the work and the standard of the finishes all left the judging panel, led by David Spencer, seriously impressed. But what the pictures cannot show are the incredibly tough conditions in which this garden was created. As managing director Chris Bowles recalls, the project was completed during the worst of last winter's weather, which makes the achievement of the project team all the more remarkable - and their securing of the top prize all the more deserved.
Congratulations again to all this year's winners - and thanks to the many sponsors of the event, including lead sponsor Rigby Taylor. I hope that all our readers find inspiration from the many examples of excellence in this year's awards publication.
- Kate Lowe, editor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click here to see the full list of winners.
- Click here to see photos from the awards night.
- Click here to access the official awards brochure in PDF format, including full case studies and profiles of the winners and the winning projects.
- Click here to read full awards story.
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