Celebrations for a Bumper Year

on Friday, 10 September 2021. Posted in News

On Thursday 9 September we had our awards ceremony. Although it was a virtual ceremony again, there was lots to celebrate. Here is the release that has gone out to the press:

Celebrations for a Bumper Year
52 Leaf Awards awarded excellence

After our annual Leaf Awards ceremony on 9 September, it is good to have so much to celebrate. As our Chair Kenneth Freeman explained, “Not only is plants@work celebrating our 20th year but we are also able to celebrate a total of 52 Leaf Awards, a real bumper year of excellence for our members’ submitted work.”

“Although for the second year running, we were only able to celebrate virtually it was worthwhile with so many excellent entries.

“We are grateful for continued sponsorship by Koberg BV, one of the industry’s main plant suppliers and the support of Lechuza who loaned their premises as the base for the ceremony. Thank you to both companies.”

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Arvin Bhudia of Lechuzia and Kenneth Freeman of Purposeful Places

The entries were all considered by our team of judges – Nicola Bristow, Greg Redwood, Bill Peebles and Rob Stirling - who visited all on-going installations and used photo evidence for time-limited entries i.e. Christmas, Special Events and the new Goodwill Leaf Awards.

From their visits, the judges nominated the two Best Design & Installation Projects, already nominated for Gold Leaf Awards. These were the Royal College of Physicians in Liverpool. 

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Green Wall at The College of Physicians, Liverpool

The second winner of a Best Design was Bermonds Locke Aparthotel by Indoor Garden Design which they described as ‘a very interesting and unusual theme with a mix of real and replica cacti and succulents giving a realistic and convincing effect. A wall of courtyard herb pots worked really well too.’

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Bermonds Locke Aparthotel

A new category
This year as a result of the pandemic, plants@work had introduced a new category, the Goodwill Leaf Awards. The idea was that these Awards would recognise projects, products or work undertaken for charity that created an impactful response to a problem or set of circumstances brought about by the pandemic, whilst also recognising special provision of an installation and product/creative innovation in interior landscaping.

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NHS Nightingale Hospital Staff Wellbeing Garden & GTI's installation 

There were six entries for this award that each received a Gold Leaf Award. Congratulations went to Biotecture for their work at the NHS Nightingale Hospital Staff Wellbeing Garden; to phs Greenleaf for their Christmas Rainbow Tree which started as an in-house competition and was picked up by Nationwide Building Society as a charity money raiser; Green Team Interiors donation of replica plants to a newly set-up mental health crisis prevention centre in Crawley. The final three Gold Leaf Awards in this category went to Indoor Garden Design for their involvement with Project Wingman (supplying free plants for ‘first class lounges’ in London hospitals), planter screens for in or outside in the community and their In-Tray Plants service supplying plants to individuals in London and later UK wide – especially useful for those working from home.

Special Award for Ian Drummond
Last but by no means least, there was a special award for one of our most active Ambassadors, Ian Drummond (@plantman_about_town) of Indoor Garden Design for his outstanding services to the industry. Ian Drummond was moved to be recognised:

“I am also so proud of #TEAMIGD with all their success at the awards, winning in all categories again.

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Ian Drummond receives a Special Award

‘’Congratulations to plants@work on another successful awards and an amazing 20 years so far! I am really excited to start the next phase of my career wherever it might take me.”

Let’s hope next year this award ceremony can return to a live event with as many enthusiastic and well executed entries.