On 1st December 2023, Ground Control attended the National Landscape Awards by the British Association of Landscape Industries to receive five awards across four categories.

However, as part of the annual awards, each winner can also win additional recognition as the ‘Principal Award’ is given out to an outstanding project within each category.

    BALI awards are judged by a panel of acclaimed industry experts who demand the highest level of professional excellence.

Live at this year's event, it was revealed that Headstone Manor Recreational Grounds received the Principal Award for Nature Conservation & Biodiversity Enhancement.

The project, which involved improvement works as part of the River Crane Catchment Solution, created ponds and wetlands, deculverted the nearby brook, and contributed to a flood alleviation scheme to protect over 225 homes. In addition to this, the multi-million-pound project also included a significant park refurbishment to support the community.

Daniel Grix, Landscape, Design & Energy Director, commented:

We are incredibly proud to have had four projects reconigised with five BALI awards, and to have further recognition with Headstone Manor Recreational Grounds receiving the Principal Award is a testament to an excellent project from all involved.

Alongside Headstone Manor Recreational Ground, the additional four BALI award wins included:

  • Great Linford Manor Park on behalf of the Parks Trust received the ‘Community and Schools Development’ award and the ‘Nature Conservation & Biodiversity Enhancement’ award.
  • Sumpter Yard, St Albans Cathedral on behalf of The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans received the ‘Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) – Under £500k’ award.
  • Marble Hill and Grotto, on behalf of English Heritage received the ‘Regeneration Scheme – Over £500k’ award.
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