"Exceptional" Gavin Jones-built 30-acre garden scoops Grand Award at BALI National Landscape Awards

Gavin Jones celebrate Grand Award win - image: Horticulture Week
Gavin Jones celebrate Grand Award win - image: Horticulture Week

A residential scheme hailed by judges as a "masterpiece" showcasing the skills needed to "execute hard landscape elements with precision" and soft landscaping "with flair and sensitivity" has won the Grand Award at the BALI National Landscape Awards 2013.

The 30-acre garden in Ascot, built and maintained by Gavin Jones features a walled garden, water terrace, restored lakes, mature maze, knot gardens, steps and an extensive system of paths and hard surfaced areas with a wide variety of materials "all alid to an exceptionally high standard", said the judging team, led by senior lecturer Greg Allen.

Speaking to HW after receiving the award, Gavin Jones chairman Martyn Mogford said: "It's fantastic for us and for our staff. Inevitably it's a team effort and we wouldn't be able to do it without our clients."

He added: "For the business it gives us a massive lift for everyone concerned. It was a big project and took three years to complete."

The awards event, which is run in association with Horticulture Week, and for which Rigby Taylor was headline sponsor, saw 26 Principal and Special Awards presented at London's prestigious Grosvenor House.

Other big winners included The Outdoor Room which won two Principal Awards, Frosts Landscape Construction which won three Principal Awards and Quadron Services which won two Principal Awards.

Opening the event which was attended by more than 700 professionals, BALI chief operating officer Wayne Grills hailed the industry's "contribution to the wealth and well-being of our country" and the event for "showcasing outstanding professional achievements of BALI members". Also addressing the event Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe hailed BALI Awards winners for maintaining world -class standards throughout an extended period of financial constraint.

The awards were presented by BBC TV and radio star Hugh Dennis. The event included a fundraising push by Norris & Gardiner managing director Richard Norris for horticulture trade charity Perennial and the BALI Chalk Fund, which provides skills bursaries.

Full details of all the winning entries can be found soon on the Awards website at www.baliawards.co.uk and www.bali.org.uk.  

BALI 2013 National Landscape Awards Grand, Principal and Special Award winners in full. Sponsors in brackets:

Grand Award (Rigby Taylor)
Gavin Jones - private garden, Ascot

Domestic Garden Construction  -  Construction cost under £30k (Springbridge)
Principal Award Winner - The Land Design Partnership, Modern Townhouse Rear Garden

Domestic Garden Construction  -  Construction cost between £30K – £60K (Cuprinol)
Principal Award Winner - The Outdoor Room, Vicarage Gardens 

Domestic Garden Construction  -  Construction cost between £60K – £100k (Johnsons of Whixley)
Principal Award Winner- The Outdoor Room, Private garden, London SW15

Domestic Garden Construction  -  Construction cost between £100K – £250k (Crowders)
Bartholomew Landscaping, Private garden, London W8

Domestic Garden Construction  -  Construction cost over £250k (Euro Plants)
Principal Award Winner - Gavin Jones, private garden, Ascot

Soft Landscaping Construction  -  Construction cost under £300k
Greenmantle T/A The Master Gardeners, Regent on the River

Soft Landscaping Construction  -  Construction cost between £300K – £1.5 million (British Sugar Topsoil)
Principal Award Winner - Frosts Landscape Construction, NEO Bankside

Soft Landscaping Construction - Construction cost over £1.5 million (Green-tech)
Principal Award Winner - The Landscape Group, Eastside City Park

Hard Landscaping Construction  -  Construction cost under £300 (Horticultural Services by Sodexo)
Principal Award Winner - Blakedown Landscapes (Operations), St Anthony's College

Hard Landscaping Construction  -  Construction cost between £300K – £1.5 million (Quinton Edwards)
Principal Award Winner -  Frosts Landscape Construction, NEO Bankside

Hard Landscaping Construction - Construction cost over £1.5m
Land Engineering (Scotland), Quartermile, Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Community and Schools Development
Principal Award Winner - Wycliffe Landscapes, Horatio's Garden

Restoration and Regeneration Scheme (Rigby Taylor)
Principal Award Winner - P. Casey (Land Reclamation), Stamford Park

Grounds Maintenance - Domestic or Commercial  - Total contract under £50k  (Ransomes Jacobsen)
Principal Award Winner - Quadron Services, The Kyoto and Fukushima Garden

Grounds Maintenance - Domestic or Commercial - Total contract over £50k (Kubota)
Principal Award Winner - Quadron Services, Burgess Park

Sports Ground Installation
Principal Award Winner - Souters Sports, Graham Solley Sports Development Centre

Interior Landscape – Installation only
Principal Award Winner - MITIE Landscapes, 1 Angel Square

Interior Landscape – Maintenance only
Principal Award Winner - Urban Planters, The Centre: Milton Keynes

Green Roof Installations and Roof Gardens (Quadron)
Principal Award Winner - Frosts Landscape Construction, New Library of Birmingham, Buckingham Gate 

International Award (Bourne Amenity)
Principal Award Winner - International Greenview Landscape Design, The Pinnacle (Tian Jiao Feng Jing)

Design Excellence Award  -  Overall scheme under £50k (Marshalls)
Principal Award Winner - Christine Whatley. Sylvan Studio, Private garden, Hampshire

Design Excellence Award  -  Overall scheme over £50K
Principal Award Winner - Helen Elks-Smith. Elks-Smith Garden Design, Private garden, Hampshire

Affiliate Exceptional Service
Principal Award Winner - Green-tech

Employer of the Year (Andersplus)
Principal Award Winner - John O'Conner (Grounds Maintenance)

Design & Build Special Award (Vectorworks) - Bartholomew Landscaping

Outstanding Charitable Contribution - Wycliffe Landscapes


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