Hackfall Woods grabs new award

The restoration of Grade I-registered Hackfall Woods in Yorkshire has been recognised by a new landscape award.

York-based landscape design and environmental planning practice The Landscape Agency has won the first Landscape Award at the White Rose Awards 2008.

The Landscape Agency - which is the RHS Gardens masterplanner - was recognised for its restoration of the woodland garden including follies and vistas at Hackfall, near Ripon.

Managing director Patrick James joined landscape architect Jo Brehaut and conservation architect Linda Lockett to collect the award at Leeds' Victoria Hall last week.

The project to restore the landscape at Hackfall to its original splendour was completed in the spring after six years' work by The Landscape Agency's team of landscape architects, landscape historians, hydrologists and ecologists.

The restoration was funded with a £1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and completed on behalf of the Hackfall Trust and Woodland Trust.

The Landscape Award is a new category in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire White Rose Awards and is presented in partnership between the Yorkshire branches of the Landscape Institute and RIBA.

It recognises excellence in the public realm and reflects the importance of public spaces in the architectural realm.

Also shortlisted in the category was the Sharrow School in Sheffield, which was submitted by Sheffield City Council's design and project management team.

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