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Plants@work Award winners receive their Awards

We were scheduled to celebrate this year’s Award winning members on the 15 September with a virtual ceremony but in respect of our late Queen and all the arrangements to honour her, we have cancelled the planned event. However our members do deserve recognition for their achievements over the last year, so Awards have still been made to deserving entries.

As always, our team of judges, Nicola Bristow, Greg Redwood, Bill Peebles and Rob Stirling visited the sites of entries throughout the summer to see for themselves and award accordingly. This included two awards that collected special nominations.

Best Project Award

This year’s best Project Award, nominated by judge Nicola Bristow, is The Atrium at Sheffield Hallam University by Urban Planters South Yorkshire which she thought created a ‘A very warm and welcoming environment’.

Special commendation

Nicola also recommended phs Greenleaf’s The Living Walls & Wellbeing Garden at Speedy Innovation Centre for a Special commendation. ‘Part of its charm is that the planting was designed to reduce the building’s carbon emissions’.

Both submissions were congratulated on their use of plants and choices of plants for the projects’ intentions.

Last year we introduced a Goodwill Leaf category to address awards for projects undertaken for charity. This year, with the pandemic less in focus, there was only one entry but one deserving an award. It was submitted for phs Greenleaf’s Christmas Cheer for Ronald McDonald House Cardiff. This 30 bedroom house is described as a lifeline for families with children and babies being treated at the hospital opposite, providing free accommodation for parents, grandparents and siblings so that they can remain close by without any financial burden.

Projects in the categories Design & Installation across a range of price points, Maintenance projects, Christmas installations and the Good Will category have all been recognised. You can see the full list on our website in the Awards section or watch the YouTube presentation which lists more details of each entry.

Plants@work Chair, Kenneth Freeman suggests, “We would like to congratulate all members who took part in the Awards and were recognised in their categories. Next year we really hope to meet up in person to make this event the true celebration it deserves to be.”

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