Landscape sector hails best practitioners at BALI Awards event in central London

More than 700 of the biggest names in landscape design, construction and maintenance battled through the snow to see Bowles & Wyer scoop the Grand Award at the BALI National Landscape Awards 2010 last week (3 December).

Grand Award: Bowles & Wyer gets prize. Image: HW
Grand Award: Bowles & Wyer gets prize. Image: HW

Bowles & Wyer took the top prize at the event, run in association with Horticulture Week, for a private garden in Surrey described by judges as "an exercise in perfection", boasting "faultless" quality of work, outstanding finishes and supported by technical drawings that were "spot on with the detailing and a real testament to the intricacy of this truly bespoke design".

Managing director Chris Bowles, whose team received the award from main event sponsor Rigby Taylor, said winning the award for a project that was completed during very tough weather conditions last year was "recognition of a job well done on the part of our designers and all of the site team who worked very hard for about ten months. We are very pleased."

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The other big winners on the day included Hasmead, which picked up principal awards for Soft Landscaping Construction in both the below and above £300,000 categories for Aldgate Union Park and Regent's Place in London.

Also winning a double was Olivebay, which scooped two principal awards - Domestic Garden Scheme (£50,000 to £100,000) for the creation of a Chelsea penthouse garden courtyard and a second award for its maintenance.

Landscape contractor Goddards also hit gold with a sensory garden for the Ridgeway Community School in Surrey that won the principal award for Hard Landscaping Construction (under £300,000).

Opening the event, BALI chairman Paul Cowell thanked this year's judging panel, led by David Spencer, which visited more than 100 projects that entered. "The judges' continued diligence ensures that the standard set by the BALI Awards winners remains the epitome of excellence and the standard to beat within the industry," he said.

Cowell also paid tribute to the sponsors of the event, whose support was greatly appreciated "in undeniably challenging times".

"The BALI Awards demonstrate the value of good communication, close working relationships and how to successfully operate within financial boundaries," said Cowell.

Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe, who also spoke at the event, highlighted what she called the "truly transformative power of great landscape design" and emphasised the environmental, community and economic gains that follow the provision of quality, well-maintained landscapes.

Referring to the difference landscape professionals make, she added: "This industry brings about major changes in the lives of its clients - how many other people can say that about what they do?"

BALI past chairman Richard Gardiner presented charity Greenfingers with a cheque for £15,000 raised by BALI members who took part in the Three Peaks Challenge earlier this year. A further £3,000 was raised by attendees at the awards event and £2,000 for the Geoffrey Chalk scholarship thanks to an auction organised by sponsor Van den Berk.

The awards were presented by Jon Culshaw, star of the BBC show Dead Ringers, at Grosvenor House in London.

- For pictures of all principal and special award winners, see pages 10-11. For details of all winning projects, see the awards brochure published with this edition of HW.

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