Big Fish Landscapes Win National APL Award

March 29, 2014 at 7:19 pm / by

Big Fish Landscapes have been awarded a top accolade at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards 2014, sponsored by Bradstone.


The company, based in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye were awarded for their work on a garden which unifies an existing new orchard and house by creating a wide Scree Garden which encompasses a drive and the main access routes to and from the house along with a formal herbaceous garden and an open sculpture lawn.


The garden scooped the top prize in the Soft Landscaping category.


The winners, announced at Gibson Hall in London on 12 March 2014 gain national recognition for their achievements and are testament to the high calibre landscaping offered by APL members.


Chair of the judges Richard Barnard comments “I never cease to be amazed at the constant high skill levels in producing such a variety of inspiring schemes by APL members.  As we hopefully exit the economical restraints of recent years we are hit by atrocious weather conditions, yet this year’s awards show the strength and determination of companies in producing schemes of outstanding merit.  The ceremony is an inspiring day for the industry.” 

Andrew Ball of Big Fish Landscapes said: “This is the second national award we have been awarded this year and sets us up perfectly as we make final preparations to build a major show garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is testament to a fantastic team effort from all involved.”

The awards, now in their 18th year, recognise and promote the very best in landscaping undertaken by APL members in categories that range from smaller projects, special features and garden maintenance to contracts of over £250,000. The awards are a celebration of the high standards that have been achieved by members and demonstrate the APL’s commitment to quality landscaping.

APL members attending the event also heard an inspirational and motivating talk from former Royal Air Force fast jet pilot Mandy Hickson.

This year’s judges were Richard Barnard from Hillier Landscapes, Bob Sweet, ex RHS Head of Garden Judging, Sorrel Everton from Gardens Illustrated, Robin Templar Williams of Robin Williams and Associates, and James Steele-Sargent from Arun Landscapes. P1040568



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