Headstone Manor Park in Harrow has emerged victorious as the recipient of the prestigious British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) principal award for 2023 in the categories of nature conservation and biodiversity enhancement.
The annual National Landscape Awards are the largest of their kind in Europe and are open to all members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). The Awards recognise excellence in landscape design, construction, and maintenance both in the UK and overseas, as well as exceptional supplier service and employer excellence.
The Grand Award is the ultimate accolade, given to the entry judged to be the best out of all 69 National Awards presented earlier in the year.
Willerby Landscapes secured the Grand Award sponsored by Green-tech, for its outstanding work on the Battersea Power Station Phase 2 Roof Garden. The Edenbridge-based company has now clinched the Grand Award for the seventh time, establishing a remarkable record as the company with the highest number of top prizes in the 47-year history of the Awards.
Kris Nellist, Managing Director of headline sponsor Green-tech, commented, “As the UK’s largest supplier to the landscape industry, we are committed to raising its profile through the National Landscape Awards. We congratulate Willerby Landscapes and all the other award winners on their achievements, which demonstrate the extraordinary quality of the work delivered by our fellow members.”
The award-winning Battersea Power Station Phase II, part of a larger 43-acre regeneration project, includes residential, commercial, and entertainment spaces. The landscaping, designed by LDA Design and Andy Sturgeon Design, was executed by Willerby Landscapes.
Chair of the judging panel, John Melmoe, said, “Every aspect of this impressive project, from planning and design, site preparation, health and safety, and logistics, to the craftsmanship, horticultural expertise, and detailing, has been exemplary. When problems are seen as opportunities to excel and perfection is the collective goal, it is little wonder that the industry uses this contractor’s achievements as a benchmark. This year they have raised the bar once again.”
This year’s National Landscape Awards were judged over the summer with 69 National Landscape Awards bestowed on 50 members of the Association in September and 24 Principal, four Special and the coveted Grand Award announced live on stage at the prestigious Grosvenor House ceremony.
British Association of Landscape Industries Chief Executive, Wayne Grills commented: “These Awards are coveted because they truly represent the best of our industry. Every UK construction and design project is visited personally by a Judge and scrutinised individually, then decisions are debated by the Judging Panel to make sure they demonstrate the level of excellence expected from a National Landscape Award winner.”
Cllr Anjana Patel, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and community safety at Harrow Council commented on the Headstone Manor Park win, saying, “This is fantastic news and I’d like to thank the work put in by our teams, partners and volunteers which has earned them this accolade.
“So much work has taken place over the years to restore the park and make significant improvements which have allowed wildlife to flourish and reduce the impact of flooding in the local area. We won’t stop there – we recently approved our climate and nature strategy and there are plans in there on making further improvements in our natural environments and biodiversity.”