BALI members were hailed at the association's recent National Landscape Awards for overcoming the toughest economic and environmental conditions during 2012 to continue rolling out world-class landscapes.
The awards event, run in association with Horticulture Week, saw contractor P Casey scoop the 2012 Grand Award for the extensive refurbishment of two historic parks in the centre of Lichfield.
The care and attention to the historic detail undertaken on this project was described as truly outstanding by the awards adjudication panel, chaired by Writtle College's Greg Allen.
A special one-off award - the The BALI 40th Anniversary Commemorative Award for Outstanding British Landscaping Excellence - was presented jointly to contractors Frosts Landscape Construction, Gavin Jones, White Horse Contractors and Willerby Landscapes for their collaboration on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by BALI chief operating officer Wayne Grills.
Other big winners at the event included Bartholomew Landscaping, which scooped four awards including the Design & Build Award and Community & Schools Development Award.
Addressing the 730-strong audience at the event, which took place at London's Grosvenor House, Grills contrasted the "absolute integrity" of the awards with the past year's backdrop of economic chaos, local authority budget cuts, challenging weather and disease-hit ash and oaks.
"Despite these setbacks, BALI members have continued to set themselves apart by continually striving for and achieving professional excellence," said Grills, who also highlighted a more "collaborative and inclusive" approach to working across the wider industry.
Also addressing the event, Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe said: "These awards represent one of the finest opportunities we have to promote the transformative power of great landscapes."
She added: "As all the entrants to these awards know so well, great landscapes make the world a better place and we look forward to helping you get that message beyond these doors."
This year's headline sponsor of the BALI National Landscape Awards was Rigby Taylor. The awards were presented by BBC newsreader Huw Edwards.
The event raised £3,563.20 for horticulture trade charity Perennial and the BALI Chalk Fund, which provides skills bursaries.
Winners in detail
For details and pictures of all this year's winning projects, plus principal winners and special award winners, see the BALI National Landscape Awards 2012 supplement published with this edition of Horticulture Week. PDFs of the supplement can also be downloaded from http://www.hortweek.com/go/baliawards. For pictures of award presentations at the event, see our photo gallery.