Two winning south of England projects celebrated success today at the Landscape Institute’s annual awards, Thursday 24 November. The projects recognised were for a restored local park in Crawley and new guidance for outstanding views in the South Downs.
The Heritage and Conservation Award was won by Allen Scott for Pulham Gardens at Worth Park, Crawley. In a 1950s ‘new town’ often derided for its lack of heritage, Worth Park has an original James Pulham & Sons designed park. In a quality restoration, the project restored the near-derelict Pulham legacy and improved the wider neglected area. An overgrown, indistinct local park has now become one of national interest. The judges were impressed by the community’s passion for their park and the stakeholder involvement was far more than just a perfunctory consultation.
The Strategic Landscape Planning Award was won by LUC for South Downs National Park: View Characterisation and Analysis. Among the seven special qualities of the South Downs National Park are its ‘diverse, inspirational landscapes and breath taking views’ but there was no evidence about what these views were or what makes them special. The award was for a piece of work that translates an esoteric statement into an objective evaluation of views and provides the evidence so that they can be understood, conserved and enhanced. The judges saw this a ground breaking approach that plugs a gap in the decision-making process.
The Landscape Institute Awards are presented in association with Aggregate Industries, Brett Landscape, Ground Control, Hardscape, Historic England, LUC, McParland Finn, Marshalls, Penter, and Wienerberger. The Awards ceremony was hosted by Simon Reeves on Thursday 24th November 2016 at The Brewery, London.