Austin Design Works receive award from the Landscape Institute.

Walled Garden scheme at Stroud’s Museum in the Park gains Highly Commended in Small Projects category.

Congratulations to AECB members, Austin Design Works who were delighted to have received an award from the Landscape Institute for their Walled Garden scheme at Stroud’s Museum in the Park.

At a prestigious ceremony held on the 23rd November at The Brewery, London, landscape architect Rachael Emous-Austin received Highly Commended in the Small Projects category for the design of the walled garden and entrance way from host Bill Bryson, OBE. Joining her to celebrate were co-director Matthew of and Ann Taylor (Learning and Programmes Officer) from Stroud Museum.

“We are all so proud; this is confirmation that everyone’s efforts and perseverance have paid off,” says Ann Taylor, who managed and fund-raised for the project together with her museum team and a dedicated group of volunteers.

The Landscape Institute Awards celebrate the most creative and innovative landscape professionals in recognition of their outstanding work. The project

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was commended for the engagement of the community volunteers during the design and build process and its sensitive, yet contemporary, intervention in the setting of a listed building.

“Significantly, the volunteers worked alongside the main contractor to create the community space and orchard area. Throughout the project we worked in close collaboration with our large client team including artist Cleo Mussi, who donated many of the plants. The Museum now has a living experience for their visitors and a space in which to educate and entertain throughout the seasons. The town has its very own secret garden, crammed full of beautiful, colourful plants, fully accessible and free to visit throughout the year; something quite unique to the area. ” – Rachael Emous-Austin CMLI.

The Landscape Institute Awards, now in their 11th year, aim to:

  • promote landscape professionals
  • advance the knowledge and understanding of all landscape disciplines
  • celebrate professional expertise
  • reward schemes that demonstrate a high level of commitment to sustainability

The projects chosen have many public benefits; including health, environmental, social, and economic, bringing communities together – and, increasingly, address the issues of sustainability and climate change.