Best of residential landscape design and build projects hailed at APL awards

The best of landscape design and build was singled out for praise on 13 March 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 the 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:

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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