The Association of Professional Landscapers Awards 2004

Frogheath Landscapes
Supreme Award Winner
Best Garden Construction in the UK 2004
awarded by
the Association of Professional Landscapers


Burwash Weald landscapers Frogheath Landscapes have scooped a top national award for the second year running for a garden they have created in East Sussex.

Frogheath’s owners Steve and Alison Moody received the Association of Professional Landscapers Supreme award for ‘Best Domestic Construction’ for a garden in Burwash Weald, at an annual awards ceremony in Birmingham.

The husband and wife team – who have run Frogheath since 1991 – beat 80 other entries to the award, including some of the country’s biggest landscape contractors.

It is the second time that they have won an APL award for a garden. The first was for Rosemary Cottage near Waldron.

This year’s winning garden at an 19th century farmhouse at Burwash Weald, owned by Maggie and Peter Pett, won judges over by its understated simplicity, use of quality materials and beautiful planting, which they described as “superlative”.

“We were so thrilled to win this award for the second time and then go on to receive the supreme award too, especially since we were up against competition from so many large companies. Where we perhaps differ from them is that we work very much as a team – designer, client, landscapers and gardener, that chain is the crucial factor. This has produced what we think is an inspired garden – and luckily the judges saw this special quality too,” said Alison, who also lectures in horticulture at Plumpton College.

Peter Pett agreed: “We wanted a garden that made the best of our fantastic situation and beautiful views. When the garden was conceived in 2001 – it was just a farmyard with grass and one small bed. The garden that has been created more than fulfils our expectations.

“We have an easy to maintain garden with places to entertain, with features like a knot garden we would never have had the imagination ourselves to create, paths, walls and terraces all built with local stone and bricks. Steve’s ability to bring the design to reality has been absolutely right and Alison’s planting is inspired. We are tremendously chuffed that our garden has been chosen.”