Best of landscape design and build projects hailed at APL awards

The best of landscape design and build was singled out for praise last week at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) awards' ceremony.

Sussex-based Frogheath Landscapes was named the supreme winner for a garden retreat as spectacular as the location for the awards, Kensington Roof Gardens in west London.

The garden, designed in-house by Frogheath’s Tina Vallis, also scooped best overall design and build award and is set on a steep sloping, cliff-edged seaside setting with difficult access. The client wanted better access and great views.

The client got a sweeping garden with level areas, safe access and outstanding vistas. Elements include a hot tub with said views, a writing room, subtle lighting around the garden and a contemporary gas-fire pit.

"I am continually impressed at the work our APL members" said chairman and chair of Judges Mark Gregory. "The variety and complexity of the schemes are brilliant and they show the skills and sheer tenacity on overcoming the most difficult of sites."

The awards, sponsored by Bradstone, in their 17th year, recognise and promote very best in landscaping in categories that range from smaller projects, special features and garden maintenance to contracts worth over £250,000.

Judges included Richard Barnard from Hillier Landscapes, Adam Frost from Adam Frost Designs, Juliet Roberts from Gardens Illustrated and Sarah Eberle from Sarah Eberle Landscape Design.

The winners in full: 

Supreme Award, sponsored by Bradstone

  • Frogheath Landscapes

Project value under £20,000, sponsored by Easigrass

  • Winner: James Bird Landscapes
  • Commended: Artscape Design & Build
  • Commended: Hambrook Landscapes
  • Shortlisted: Artscape Design & Build

Project value £20,000 - £40,000, sponsored by Elveden

  • Highly Commended: The Gardenmakers
  • Shortlisted: James Bird Landscapes

Project value £40,000 - £60,000, sponsored by Green-tech

  • Winner: Artscape Design & Build
  • Highly Commended: Vandenberg–Hider Landscape Design
  • Commended: Artscape Design & Build
  • Shortlisted: Wildroof Landscapes

Project value £100,000 - £250,000, sponsored by Quinton Edwards

  • Winner: Walmsley Shaw
  • Shortlisted: Artscape Design & Build

Project value over £250,000, sponsored by Sovereign Turf

  • Highly Commended: Roger Gladwell Landscapes

Hard Landscaping, sponsored by Bradstone

  • Winner: Claudia de Yong Designs
  • Commended: The Gardenmakers

Overall Design and Build, sponsored by Provender Nurseries

  • Winner: Frogheath Landscapes
  • Commended: Arun Landscapes
  • Shortlisted: New Eden Landscapes

Commercial Garden, sponsored by Anders Plus

  • Winner: Acre Landscapes
  • Commended: Acre Landscapes
  • Commended: The Garden Builders
  • Shortlisted: Plevey & Sons Ltd

Special Feature, sponsored by Classiflora

  • Commended: Artscape Design & Build
  • Commended: The Garden Builders
  • Shortlisted: Marshall Landscapes

Young Achievers Award, sponsored by British Sugar Topsoil

  • Winner: Peter Belton of Frogheath Landscapes
  • Highly Commended: Tom Spence of Arun Landscapes

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