Franchise group recognised with four top BALI honours

Chris Beardshaw hands valued awards to Scenic Blue at ceremony in London's Royal Lancaster Hotel

Scenic Blue has scooped four of BALI’s annual awards. The Kent-based landscape franchise agency accepted the awards from guest speaker Chris Beardshaw at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Managing director Judy Behl, said: “It’s great recognition that the franchise system works.” Scenic Blue Exeter won the award for a domestic garden scheme costing between £10,000 and £50,000 for a garden in Dartmouth. Scenic Blue Northampton won the domestic garden scheme costing between £50,000 and £150,000, and the best newcomer award. Scenic Blue Leeds won the award for a domestic garden scheme costing between £10,000 and £50,000. The grand winner was CA Haffey & Sons for the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation Garden in Belfast. The garden is a memorial to Royal Ulster Constabulary personnel who died during the troubles of Northern Ireland. Beardshaw said the industry is in danger of becoming management heavy with not enough young people coming into horticulture. He added: “We need to keep feeding and rewarding young people coming into the industry and the awards are a good way to do this.” The awards scheme is the largest landscaping event in Europe. This year’s 28th annual awards had 113 entries, the most yet, and 47 winning schemes. There were six special awards acknowledging skills and standards of the industry. These included the best newcomer and the BALI Recognition Award, sponsored by Horticulture Week, which went to Alistaire Gilchrist. See 9 December feature for a full list of winners.

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