Registered Designers & Registered Contractors Joint Submission - BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

PRINCIPAL AWARD WINNER - Chris Parsons (MBALI MSGD) & James Bird Landscapes

Sponsor: easigrass

Birch House, Sheffield

Maintenance Contractor James Bird Landscapes
Suppliers Pagets Builders Merchants, Partumis Metal, Rand and Asquith

The clients were sensitive to local objections when this house was built in 2014. It is now popular with neighbours because the garden is lush and green again with mature trees and climbers beginning to cover house walls. Access was very difficult. No machinery could be taken down to the back garden so dig-out and spoil had to be removed by hand. Very large mature hollies, a bespoke large metal pergola and all York stone had to be brought in the same way. The pergola and tall plants have brought the garden up to the level of an existing deck and supply a shady private garden beneath. The direction of the patterned paving draws the eye to a bespoke stone wall with cantilevered stone seat. A previously incomplete area left unusable by housebuilders is now a useful store place with ecogrid, gravel and concrete flags.

Judges' comments

"This scheme shows what can be achieved when designer, contractor and client work together as a team. The garden was created for a new house built in the grounds of an older property. With a 5m drop over 30m between the front and back garden and no access to the back garden for machinery, the challenges for the designer and contractor were immense, all materials having to be moved by hand. The garden has a slightly oriental feel and is delightful, viewed from above on the decking area or from amongst the lovely planting. The attention to detail is superb. The clients love it and the entire scheme exemplifies BALI professionalism across the disciplines."


Adam White (MBALI FLI) and Gerald Davies

Project Badger Nature Play Space, Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough
Client/Maintenance Contractor Nene Park Trust
Architect/Designer Adam White and Andrée Davies (Davies White)
Main Contractor Gerald Davies

Badger Nature Play Space offers limitless scope for imaginations to run wild and provides a place for children to explore, discover and be challenged. The idea behind the project was to provide a natural space that could become a play area with a difference. The design was developed by Adam White and Andrée Davies, who together with their BALI Registered landscape contractor Gerald Davies ran a series of design and hands-on build workshops with children from the local St Botolph’s Primary School and the Little Miracles Centre in Peterborough. The bespoke treetop badger nests and playful swales with bridges and stepping stones are a big success and solved the challenge of occasional flooding.

John Wyer (MBALI) and Bowles & Wyer

Project A Notting Hill Garden
Maintenance Contractor Bowles & Wyer
Suppliers Alan Hayward Joinery, KAM Engineering, Palmer Group, Vande Moortel

The client wanted a garden that provides a haven as well as functional space for outdoor family gatherings. New raised beds now complement existing historic brick walls and accentuate the lush planting that aims to soften the boundaries of the garden and wraps around a dining space and lounge. New pleached trees provide a sense of privacy and four new specimen trees give further screening. Research showed that the back of the garden had been occupied by a garage that had later been removed. Using the historic garage as a precedent, Bowles & Wyer acquired planning permission for an outdoor room that now forms a focal point at the end of the garden and is used as a yoga space.

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