Award winning installations

on Sunday, 17 March 2019. Posted in News

The Leaf Awards
Plants@work celebrated its 15th year of awards presenting 24 leaf awards of excellence to their very deserving members.

The awards ceremony took place after the Futurescape Spring Event at Sandown Park Racecourse following a day of inspiring seminars focusing on the interior landscaping industry hosted by plants@work. Gathering in the Brasserie, members received their awards from Carole Plukaard of Dutch suppliers Koberg BV who very kindly sponsored the event.

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Our sponsors: Carole with Jos, Ralph Zwetsloot's wife

A total of 18 Gold awards, four Silver awards, one Bronze award and one Technician's award were presented. Plus three prestigious Best in Category awards.

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Independent judges
A jury of four independent judges meet and visit the installations to verify the design and the quality of maintenance of all long-standing installations. Christmas an Special Events (usually short term installations) are judged by photographic evidence.

Using a similar procedure as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the judges assess each entry on its merit rather than against the other competitors, to give everyone a fair opportunity to score well. The only time this is different is for the Best in Catagory awards. This year these were won by

Three special awards
Best in Design & Installation was awarded to Mitie Landscapes Ltd for their installation at Deloitte. Judge Greg Redwood commented, 'A truly enormous scheme with a wide variety of different plants, well chosen for their situations and all in exceptionally well-chosen containers and planters that match or complement the fixtures and fittings.The entrance lobby is very impressive, as are the green screens that divide the work spaces, with some cleverly used replica plants in situations where there is insufficient light or room for living plants, but they are fairly difficult to spot. The large artificial olive is very impressive but my favourite piece was the cactus and succulent garden built into the asymmetrical table - this was the most striking and impressive thing I saw this year.'

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Carole with the team from Mitie

Best in Maintenance (interiors)
Mitie Landscapes Ltd also received a Best in Maintenance for their work at 1 Angel Square, Manchester. The judge for this project was Rob Stirling who commented, 'Many of the plants in the displays had been in situ since the planting scheme was installed in 2012 and still looked healthy and fresh, with little or no deterioration over that time. Two specimen plants of Strelitzia nocolai originally approximately 2m high when installed had grown to approximately 5 m high and looked stunning; many of the lower leaves were still present and in good condition. The same could be said for the Neodypsis decaryl palms which had reached similar heights. The large tall windows in the building and cut away floors creating balconies, allowed space for the plants to grow unrestricted. In the atrium, tall trees of Ficus benjamina were cleverly placed in planters on casters to enable them to be moved easily to the open stair well when pruning was needed. All the plants in the displays on top of cabinets and lockers in the offices were in good condition. All in all, everything was maintained to an excellent standard and Jamie Thompson's leadership and constant enthusiasm was clearly a factor in motivating his team to do well.'

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Carole with the team from Biotecture

Best in Maintenance (exterior)
Biotecture Ltd took the honour of this accolade for their wall at Regal House. 'This is very impressive - it's directly opposite Covent Garden tube exit, and I noticed lots of people looking up as soon as they exit the station.' were Greg Redwood's observations. 'It clothes the facade of the building really well, and the plants are growing really well, with minimal dead leaves - it is obviously very well maintained. Although I saw it in winter, there was plenty of colour and the plants were all healthy and vigorous - they obviously replace the Erysimum Bowles Mauve on a regular basis, as these quickly become woody and senescent - I could see masses of flower buds so it will be spectacular in a few month's time. Considering the windy nature of this road (it's a bit of a wind tunnel) everything looked great. All the planting appears to be thriving. Everything has been exceptionally well maintained and I can't fault it.'

Congratulations go to all members who entered the awards.

To see a full list of award winners please go to our Awards page.