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Frogheath Landscapes takes the title at APL Awards 2016

Frogheath Landscapes has been crowned Supreme Winner at the APL Awards, sponsored by Bradstone, which took place at The Brewery in London on 4 March 2016.

The Sussex-based company took the overall award in front of a 300 strong audience for its project which involved landscaping the gardens surrounding a rare timber and brick 16th century sheep barn in the Brede Valley.

The project, also the winner of the Project Value over £250,000 category, included features such as a formal lawn punctuated with clipped Quercus ilex and exuberant borders, secluded areas enclosed with stilted hornbeam hedges, a walled potager with a contemporary fruit arbour, dipping pond and rustic raised beds. Frogheath Landscapes also created an orchard under planter with a wildflower meadow and a gentle walk through a nuttery of local filberts and Kentish cobs. To promote sustainability all bricks, tiles and Yorkstone are reclaimed, all lighting LED and a rainwater harvester provides irrigation.

The judges commented: “It is a fabulous piece of landscaping work that has exquisite detailing especially within the planting. It is simply stunning fitting the house and its surroundings perfectly.”

Other category winners included Arun Landscapes, RG Landscape & Construction Ltd, James Bird Landscapes, Timotay Landscapes, Big Fish Landscapes, Planet 14 Landscapes and Landform Consultants.

New for 2016 awards were presented to suppliers where the winners were Coles Nurseries, Palmstead Nurseries, Chessington Garden Centre, Green-tech and 2 Circles. Will Burberry from Gardenscapes, who won the APL Worldskills Competition, received a special award.

Hosted by landscaper and horticulturist, Chris Collins, and HTA head of horticulture, Raoul Curtis-Machin, the awards celebrated the high standards of landscaping achieved by members and demonstrates the APL’s commitment to quality landscaping. Chris also provided the audience with an entertaining tour of his horticultural exploits in Cameroon and Japan.

The Awards concluded with a rallying call from APL chairman Mark Gregory. He recognised the work that is being done by the APL to raise standards through WorldSkills, APL Masterclasses, Landscape Apprenticeships and Cluster Meetings and encouraged all to get involved and make the most of the opportunities that are there.

This year’s judges were Richard Barnard from Hillier Landscapes (Chair), Chris Young, RHS editor of The Garden Magazine, Steve Shore from Shore Landscapes, Bob Sweet, ex RHS head of garden judging, Robin Templar Williams  from Robin Williams and Associates and Phil Tremayne, APL national account manager.

Headline sponsors of the event were Bradstone, Andersplus, Classiflora Zelari, Easigrass Green-tech, Platipus, Renson and Sovereign Turf for helping to make the awards a great success.

The winnersare:

Supreme Award, sponsored by Bradstone
Winner – Frogheath Landscapes – Brede

Project Value under £20,000

Winner – RG Landscape & Construction Ltd
Highly Commended – Silva’s Gardens
Commended – Walmsley Shaw
Commended – MJM Landscape
Commended – Lloyd’s Gardens of London Ltd

Project Value £20,000 – £35,000

Winner – Arun Landscapes
Highly Commended – Silva’s Gardens
Commended – Conquest Hard Landscaping

Project Value under £35,000 – £60,000, sponsored by Green-tech

Winner – Landform Consultants
Highly Commended – Greenscapes
Highly Commended – RDC Landscapes
Commended – Frogheath Landscapes
Commended – Garden Art Designs

Project Value £60,000 £100,000, sponsored by Sovereign Turf

Winner – James Bird Landscapes
Highly Commended – The Garden Builders
Commended – Frogheath Landscapes
Commended – TT Group (Landscape Innovation Ltd)
Commended – Silva’s Gardens
Commended – Genesis Construction and Landscapes Ltd
Commended – The Garden Builders

Project Value £100,000 – £250,000, sponsored by Anders Plus

Winner – Arun Landscapes
Highly Commended – Walmsley Shaw
Highly Commended – The Team Landscapers
Highly Commended – Timotay Landscapes Ltd
Highly Commended – Outdoor Creations
Highly Commended – Arbour Design & Build
Commended – Silva’s Gardens
Commended – Garden House Design

Project Value over £250,000, sponsored by Platipus

Winner – Frogheath Landscapes
Highly Commended – Arun Landscapes

Garden Feature, sponsored by Easigrass

Winner – Big Fish Landscapes Ltd

Innovation, sponsored by Easigrass

Winner – Planet 14 Landscapes Ltd

Community Garden

Winner – Timotay Landscapes Ltd
Highly Commended – Landform Consultants
Commended – Garden Box Landscape & Design
Commended – Big Fish Landscapes Ltd
Commended – 4th corner landscaping

Hard Landscaping, sponsored by Bradstone

Winner – Arun Landscapes
Highly Commended – Aura Landscapes
Commended – Vandenberg-Hilder Landscape Design and Construction
Commended – Paxman Landscapes
Commended – Conquest Hard Landscaping

Soft Landscaping, sponsored by Classiflora Zelari

Winner – Big Fish Landscapes Ltd
Highly Commended – Landform Consultants

Overall Design and Build, sponsored by Renson

Winner – RG Landscape & Construction Ltd
Highly Commended – Dorney Court Kitchen Garden
Commended – Garden Art Designs

APL Worldskills Winner

Will Burberry from Gardenscapes

Supplier Awards

Grower – North and Midlands
Winner – Coles Nurseries

Grower – South
Winner – Palmstead Nurseries

Retailer
Winner – Chessington Garden Centre

Manufacturer
Winner – Green-tech

Service Provider
Winner – 2 circles

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