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BALI National Landscape Awards are open for entries

Accredited members can now enter the 2021 National Landscape Awards, the largest of their kind anywhere in Europe, and with the announcement of entries opening there are also a number of exciting opportunities for 2021.

Due to the effects of COVID-19, Contractor, Designer and International members, for 2021 only, now have the opportunity to submit a scheme that has achieved practical completion in the last 24 months, instead of the normal 12 months affording members more flexibility in what has been a difficult year.

With sustainability becoming increasingly important within the industry, alongside the 32 categories available to enter, a new category for 2021 has been developed and launched: Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Enhancement. The judges will be looking for projects that demonstrate a significant contribution to conservation or enhancement of biodiversity, embodying the principles of sustainable development using innovative concepts

In recognition of the world we are currently living in, where many members remain working from home, the introduction of a new entry system, where members are now able to complete their full entry online (including uploading of the submission pack), will ease the entry process as well as reduce members’ carbon footprint.

These new opportunities open up the National Landscape Awards to more members than ever, and we hope to see a wide variety of entries across all of our available categories this year.

To assist members with the entry process Chair of the judging panel John Melmoe and fellow judge Jason Lock held a workshop on the 25th March where they provided opportunity for those interested in entering to ask questions about the entry process, as well as provide insight on how the judges evaluate and score the submissions. This workshop is now available on-demand through the Awards website baliawards.co.uk where entrants can also view this year’s Entry Guidelines and all the categories available to enter.

Interested in entering but not sure if it’s worth the effort? Darren Taylor recently discussed the benefits of entering the National Landscape Awards with Managing Director and Accredited Designer member, James Scott MBALI of The Garden Company, who are also Accredited Contractor members and had the following advice to give:

“It’s definitely worth the effort. Writing awards entries takes time and energy, but the benefits of winning make it worthwhile. I believe that The Garden Company’s awards track record helps us to stand out from other businesses in a crowded market. It gives prospective clients a sense of reassurance that we know what we are doing! Every award brings with it great marketing opportunities – not only to prospective clients, but to other business partners and even potential new recruits. I also think it’s very motivational to be recognised by the judges and fellow professionals, who really understand what is involved in creating a beautiful, bespoke garden – not only for me, but also for my team members who have put in the hard work.

As for specific advice to members looking to enter for the first time, obviously it’s vital to choose a successful scheme that has a bit of a ‘wow’ factor. The quality standard is high and something special needs to make the project stand out. Then – allow sufficient time to write your entry and collate the images – don’t leave it until the night before the deadline! Study the awards criteria and make sure your responses stay on point. I also think it’s great for your client to provide a meaningful testimonial, showing how you have brought their garden dreams to life.”

We are working with Headline Sponsor Green-tech, our host venue the J W Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London and event partners and sponsors to stage a safe end of year celebration of this year’s winners on the 3rd December 2021 and look forward to welcoming members, guests and VIPs.

For further information please visit baliawards.co.uk or contact Events Project Manager, Emily Feeney via email at [email protected] or call 07936 944258.

Entry Deadlines

ACCREDITED CONTRACTOR/ACCREDITED DESIGNER/GROUP

Early Bird Discount Deadline: 5th May 2021
Final Deadline: 2nd June 2021

ACCREDITED SUPPLIER/EMPLOYER EXCELLENCE

Early Bird Discount Deadline: 2nd June 2021
Final Deadline: 7th July 2021

ACCREDITED INTERNATIONAL

Early Bird Discount Deadline: 2nd June 2021
Final Deadline: 7th July 2021

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