Writtle lecturer judges prestigious BALI Awards

July 2011

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Greg Allen, a Senior Lecturer in landscape studies at Writtle College, has been appointed to the role of Lead Judge at this year's British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards, the industry’s most prestigious event.

The 35th BALI Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 2 December 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.

Greg has been involved with the landscape industry for over 20 years and has been a Vetting Officer and Adjudicator for BALI since 2002, ensuring high standards of business practice and workmanship are maintained by members of the association.

Greg Allen is a Senior Lecturer in landscape studies at Writtle College in Essex specialising in landscape construction, contract management and plant knowledge. He has been Curator of Grounds for 13 years at Writtle and played a key role in developing landscape teaching and the decorative gardens at the college. No stranger to the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court, he has led many student groups to win a clutch of Silver Gilt and Gold medals for small and large show gardens. Greg plays an active role within BALI as a regional Vetting Officer and Adjudicator.

Starting as a parks apprenticeship in East Kilbride, then on to study at Askham Bryan College all provided a firm base for a career in horticulture for Greg, spanning some 30 years including time at Bedford Borough Council and Castle Howard in York before moving into teaching. More recently, Greg has worked within the landscape sector as a specialist consultant.

Greg Allen commented about his new role with BALI this year: “It is both a privilege and honour to be asked to lead the team of experienced, knowledgeable and impartial judges in this prestigious National industry awards event”

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Pictured: Greg Allen, Lead Judge for forthcoming BALI awards

Info on BALI and the BALI National Landscape Awards

BALI is the UK’s largest independent trade association for professional landscape designers, landscape and grounds maintenance contractors and suppliers of industry products and services. Established in 1972, it has a membership of over 700. It is the UK’s representative body within ELCA – the European Landscape Contractors Association – and uses its influence to lobby the European Parliament on EU directives that have the potential to negatively impact UK landscaping and grounds maintenance businesses.

Info on BALI National Landscape Awards

The BALI Awards were first introduced in 1976 and are held annually to recognise BALI members who have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill in the execution of a wide variety of landscaped schemes.

The Awards are open to all full BALI members and the wide range of categories ensure that every part of the landscaping industry is recognised, from the individual designer and domestic contractor to the largest multi-location company working in the commercial arena.

Winning a BALI National Landscape Award is the pinnacle of professional achievement for BALI members. These awards are respected in the UK and abroad as the standard to which others aspire and rightly reflect the prestige of the BALI name and logo.