Characteristic residential and commercial landscape projects previously successful at the Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards were this year upstaged by a wetland restoration project with Australian Ecosystems being awarded the prestigious ‘Landscape of the Year’ for their Armstrong Creek, Connewarre project.
The judges described the Connewarre wetland restoration as “a major environmental project that is immaculately detailed, making it a community success – a beautiful place for walking, playing and enjoying the outdoors for humans, and through natural rock placement and the use of tree stags as habitat areas, a sanctuary for wildlife too.”
“Australian Ecosystems have delivered wow factor on a grand scale. Sustainability principles, water usage, and plant selection have all come together to deliver a project that works harmoniously on all levels and does nothing to distract from the natural environment, but rather, enhances it. This is a stellar project for Victoria and an incredible showcase of the breadth of work Landscaping Victoria members can perform,” the judges went on to say.
Brendan Condon and his team at Australian Ecosystems also collected awards for ‘Plants in the Landscape’, ‘Landscape Maintenance & Management’, and ‘The Natural Built Landscape’.
A project in Camberwell displaying technical brilliance and very high standards of workmanship earned Ian Barker Gardens a win for ‘Residential Landscape Construction over $300k’. Earlier in the evening, the same project, which the judges commented was a “harmonious and functional lifestyle solution” also took out top honours for ‘Hard Structures in the Landscape’ as well as Commendations across Planting, Design and Maintenance categories. “The entire design heroes an existing Elm, but more than that, achieves a sense of immediate balance between the hard and soft-scape which is rarely seen in such a new landscape,” stated the judges.
Other well-known industry names, such as Phillip Withers Landscape Design and C.O.S. Design amongst others, took out Category wins with relative newcomer, Ben Harris of Ben Harris Gardens, receiving two highly commended awards as well as being named Rising Star for 2017. The judges were impressed by Ben and his quality team who believe in what they do – creating and producing natural environments for people and wildlife to enjoy.
CLICK HERE to see the complete list of Award Winners for the 2017 Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards.