Vectorworks Landmark Sponsors the Awards
or, Huw Edwards and a Lust for Gabions
We’ve been out and about a great deal this autumn, taking the opportunity to catch up with customers and friends from the landscaping world. Here’s our roundup of news.
The very first Society of Garden Designers award ceremony was sold out, and a huge success. It was nice to see so many old friends and familiar faces. Congratulations to all winners, but particularly to Andrew Wilson on his stash of awards. Continuing on the Andrew Wilson theme, I was delighted to see former student from the London College of Garden Design, Jon Sims pick up an award, with the excellent Jens Haendeler a runner up.
The very first Futurescape event, run by Pro Landscaper, was well attended in spite of the freezing weather. An excellent seminar programme kept visitors entertained all day, and a thriving exhibition space gave us all lots to look at. Thank you to the Jackson’s Fencing stand for the chocolate teddies. Mmmm.
The Landscape Institute awards ceremony was fun, hosted by Pam Warhurst, Chair of the Forestry Commission. Sue Illman, Chair of the Landscape Institute, talked about how BIM (Building Information Modelling) is on the horizon for Landscape Architects. Among the many notable winners were Macfarlane Wilder, for Coworth Park, where I used to pick blackberries as a child, and of course, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park received much deserved attention. Vectorworks was a sponsor of the awards and has much to offer as best of breed landscape and architectural design software, particularly for those with BIM and information exchange on their minds. (Please call us if you’d like to learn more about BIM and SIM in the Landscape.)
Finally, the BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) bash was on Friday. Huw Edwards hosted the event, together with the “Voice of the Balls,” Alan Dedicoat. Huw confessed to a lust (or was it avarice?) for gabions in his own garden, which seemed at times all consuming.
Vectorworks sponsored the Design and Build Special Award, which was won by Bartholomew Landscapes, for their winning schemes including Gateway Primary School.
Party bags included an annual seed mix from Euroflor, which I hope will help brighten up the ground elder in my garden next summer. Anyone who doesn’t WANT their seeds, please send them my way. (I have often said the same to my sons if they didn’t want the cake from their party bags.)
Thank you to all of our guests, who made the events so enjoyable. We look forward to continue to working closely with the world of garden design and landscaping in 2013.