Ground Control, the UK’s leading supplier of award-winning external services, is delighted to have been awarded three British Association of Landscape Industries 2021 Awards in the following categories:

  • Employee Excellence - Turn Over £2.5M
  • Community and Schools Development 
  • Grounds Maintenance (to include Green Roof Maintenance) – Limited Public Access

The annual BALI National Landscape Awards are the largest landscape Awards in Europe.  They recognise excellence in landscape design, construction, and maintenance both in the UK and overseas, as well as recognising businesses in the industry for customer service and employer excellence.

Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts, and winning a BALI award demonstrates exemplary standards of professional excellence.  The Awards celebrate the skill, hard work, quality, commitment, and successes of BALI Registered members.

Ground Control is delighted to be winners in the following categories:

Employer Excellence – Turnover Over £2.5M 

For this category, Ground Control was recognised for its inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates diversity of all its people whilst fueling entrepreneurialism and innovation.  This includes a like-minded team, who live by the Ground Control values of:

  • Delivering outstanding customer service
  • Innovation and embracing change
  • Valuing each other
  • Acting with integrity and honouring our commitments
  • Seeking value in everything we do
  • A desire to win

Employer of the Year

Community and Schools Development Award, for Splashlands, Stanborough Hall at Welwyn Garden City

In this category, Ground Control was recognised for expertise in landscape construction through transforming an old Lido into a new children’s water play area that’s safe, environmentally sustainable, innovative and community-focused.



Grounds Maintenance (to include Green Roof Maintenance) – Limited Public Access, for Historic Royal Palaces – Tower of London.

Ground Control was recognised for maintaining the grounds at the Tower of London World Heritage site, one of the most iconic and photographed landmarks in the UK.  With an average of 10-15,000 visitors per day (3 million visitors per year) Ground Control has been responsible for keeping the grounds in pristine condition for over 20 years.

Tower of London

Ground Control’s Managing Director, Jason Knights commented:

We are absolutely thrilled to have won multiple awards from the prestigious British Association of Landscape Industries.  All three categories, in their own way, demonstrate how we are making a difference to our people, our environment and the community.
Ground Control has grown from £8m to £123m in 14 years; an extraordinary achievement and testimony to our people, culture, and values.
Our growth has brought with-it, career progression opportunities, innovation and technological changes, allowing us to diversify and open up new opportunities for our customers and employees.
We’ll continue to serve our clients with passion, meet their changing needs, and deliver excellence at every opportunity.


Members will now compete to win the Principal Award for each of the 29 Awards categories, and for the highly coveted overall Grand Award at the ceremony later this year at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, in London on 3 December 2021.

The National Landscape Awards’ expert Judging Panel, led by Chair John Melmoe, was joined by Wayne Grills and team members from Landscape House for three days of deliberation in mid- August, where every entry was reviewed and scrutinised.

Commenting on this year’s judging, John said:

The mix and quality of this year’s submissions was extremely encouraging with the number of applications on par with 2020. The complex and diverse nature of the entries continues to showcase the capabilities of the industry and its skilled workforce, with the continued desire to demonstrate a quest for perfection.
The kudos of receiving a National Landscape Award still resonates throughout the industry with entrants continuing to hold the site inspections in high regard. This coupled with the impartiality of the Adjudication Panel sets the Awards apart from others within the industry.
Each year the content of the entries takes on a new dynamic and this year was no exception. I was delighted to see the strong uptake of online submission for entry into this year’s Awards which represents a major step forward. We look forward to sharing members’ successes with you all in December.

Chief Executive Wayne Grills commented on the high standard of entries and the return to a physical event:

Every year I am blown away by the level of excellence displayed in the entries to our National Landscape Awards and this year is no exception. The number of entries that have triumphed is a true testament to the hard work and high high standards of all our Association members.
Like all organisations, we are carefully monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation ahead of our physical event later this year. With restrictions lifting, we are pleased to welcome our stakeholders and members back to our annual National Landscape Awards ceremony, though we will continue to make sure we are operating in a safe and COVID-secure manner.