Are you looking to launch your landscaping business to the next level? Or, are you simply looking to have the outstanding skills and workmanship of your team recognised?
Now’s your chance!
Entries for this year’s Landscape Excellence Awards are now open. Hosted annually by The Landscape Association, The Landscape Excellence Awards attract the industry’s cream of the crop. Celebrating the finest craftsmanship, innovation and creativity in landscaping, this is your opportunity to show the industry just what you and your team can do.
Whatever your motivations for entry, this very popular event has the potential to improve your business. Previous entrants and winners state that entry to the Awards has many benefits such as gaining greater market exposure for their businesses, an increase in clients, as well as higher staff morale. The Awards night itself is also a wonderful opportunity to create and renew lasting friendships and industry contacts while celebrating the year’s greatest work.
The categories for Award entries have been carefully selected to reflect all areas of work undertaken in the modern landscaping profession. There are 27 award categories for all landscapers and landscaping businesses, big or small, residential or commercial, construction, maintenance, design and apprenticeships. Categories in 2020 include:
- Apprentice of the Year (Landscape Construction; Parks and Gardens)
- Residential Construction (Up to $50,000; $50,000-$100,000; $100,000-$150,000; $150,000-$350,000; Over $350,000)
- Residential Design (Up to 80m²; 80m²-200m²; Over 200m²)
- Commercial and Civil Construction (Up to $250,000; $250,000-$750,000; $750,000-$1.5 Million; $1.5 Million-$3 Million; Over $3 Million)
- Maintenance Commercial (Resorts / Retirement Communities / Educational Campuses; Parklands/Open Spaces; Retail/Business Parks)
- Maintenance Residential Multi-Housing
- Maintenance Residential (Up to 1000m²; Over 1000m²).
Entry to the Excellence Awards is open to all members of The Landscape Association. If you are not yet a member, visit our website at www.landscapeassociaton.com.au to learn more about the range of outstanding membership benefits on offer. As the peak industry body, The Landscape Association provides a suite of resources and services tailor-made for landscaping professionals. These benefits are designed to keep members up-to-date with the latest industry news, maintain and extend the skills and reputation of industry professionals, make business operations easier and more profitable, and connect members with their colleagues across all levels of the field by facilitating a myriad of networking opportunities.
The Landscape Association welcomes members from all areas of the landscaping profession. Membership has now been extended to landscape designers, allowing for closer working relationships and business opportunities across the profession, from the outset of a project to its ultimate completion. We would like to welcome all our newest design members and congratulate them on their contribution to the industry. Membership of TLA is the best way of supporting the industry that supports you.
And for those of you who are already TLA members, get cracking on your Awards entries today! Entries close on Friday 31 July. Best of luck to all our entrants.
For inspiration, here are two of our ‘Husqvarna, best of the best’ winners from 2019.
The Longueville Garden Project – Fifth Season Landscapes
Winner of the Husqvarna Residential Construction of the Year Award 2019
The Longueville Garden was designed and constructed with outdoor living in mind. Each area has a specific purpose and flow between all the spaces has been carefully crafted. The result is a seamless journey around the garden to suit the homeowner’s lifestyle. In this project, the pool and surrounds were transformed with limestone tiles, custom screens installed, terraced hardwood decking and a new timber pavilion added, and spectacular city views were maximised. A new central staircase provides a sense of grandeur and is complemented by the inclusion of a practical barbecue bench and bar for entertaining. Judges described this project as being exemplary. The skills shown throughout were second to none and also demonstrated a deep technical knowledge. The reuse of existing stone was performed seamlessly and all aspects of the job were completed crisply and precisely.
Gledswood Hills Reserve – Co-ordinated Landscapes Pty Ltd
Winner of the Husqvarna Commercial Landscape of the Year Award 2019
The six-acre Gledswood Hills Reserve was designed and constructed around two key traditional Japanese themes: Satoyama and Michi. Satoyama is the concept of ‘stewardship’ of the land and encourages the mutual benefits of interaction between people and nature. Michi relates to how a user experiences the natural and built environment through good landscape design. The concept is underpinned by the belief that all daily activities can be enriched by good spatial design with quality details. The reserve has been designed with a purposeful green ribbon of open space linking all the key locations and services. This has been complemented by existing and new trees, native gardens, as well as structured play equipment and multi-courts. Active and passive areas embrace a greener, healthier and enriching lifestyle. The project involved a myriad of elements, with all the inclusions you would hope to find in a public reserve based on a ‘love of humanity’: fitness stations, barbecues, park furniture, fencing, cycle paths and shade structures. The scale of this landscape construction project was enormous and judges were delighted by the exceptional skills and unquestionable experience needed to bring it to completion with such outstandingly high levels of execution.