The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) is inviting entries for the APL Awards 2015 – which is now in its 19th year.
For 2015, the categories have been completely reviewed to make them more accessible for APL members to enter – no matter the size of the business. Two new categories have been introduced for probationary members to enable new members to get involved in the APL Awards earlier.
The APL has also introduced four new categories specifically aimed at businesses with a lower turnover. There’s a simpler entry process and criteria to remove any barriers which may have prevented members from entering previously.
Gardens built between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2013 can be entered into the new and improved range of categories including:
• Projects under £15,000
• Projects over £15,000
Registered Members (turnover under £100,000 per year)
• Projects under £10,000
• Projects between £10,000 & £20,000
• Projects between £20,000 & £30,000
• Garden Feature (timber, paving, planting, walling, driveways, water features etc.)
Registered Members (turnover over £100,000 per year)
• Projects under £25,000
• Projects between £25,000 & £50,000
• Projects between £50,000 & £100,000
• Projects between £100,000 & £250,000
• Projects over £250,000
• Special Feature (bespoke structures, water features, special provisions for the disabled etc.)
All Registered Members
• Soft Landscaping
• Hard Landscaping
• Overall Design & Build (in-house design)
• Community Garden (schools, playgrounds, hospices, community areas etc.)
• APL Rising Star Award (formerly Young Achiever – entrant must be under 25 and nominated by their employer – limited to one entry per company)
• APL Affiliate Collaboration Award (APL Affiliate Member working with an APL Registered Member)
• APL Associate of the Year (commitment to working with APL members – judged by the APL Committee)
APL Chairman Mark Gregory comments “We really believe there is a category for every member of the APL in the new and improved categories no matter the size of type of business of project worked on.
We’re passionate about ensuring the APL Awards are straightforward and simple to enter so we’ve added a completely free preliminary entry stage where you email a few details of the project along with a couple of photos to us which the judges will look at and give feedback on.”
Landscapers can complete the free of charge preliminary entry form at www.aplawards.co.uk and feedback from the judges will be emailed on or before Monday 2 June 2014.
Following the preliminary stage submission of full entries will be due on Friday 18 July 2014
Sponsored by Bradstone, the awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the best in British landscaping and enable winning landscapers to gain national recognition for their achievements. The 2014 Supreme Winners were Stewart Landscape and Construction who scooped the top prize at Gibson Hall in London.