Tuesday 24th October 2006
AILA STEWARDSHIP AWARD PRAISE SIGNIFICANT AUSTRALIAN
Two significant Australian properties have received
awards for their upkeep in the inaugural Australian
Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Stewardship
Awards. Australian National
University, Gardens & Grounds Section for
their Landscape Maintenance Program and The
Centennial and Moore Park Trust, Sydney
for the ‘Park Improvement Program’.
The AILA Stewardship Award may
be awarded to any agency responsible for the management
and stewardship of public lands. The Award acknowledges
the integrity of the design while recognising that
landscapes should be allowed to evolve and may go
through processes of change.
The Australian National
University (ANU), Gardens & Grounds
Section have been recognised for the maintenance
and management of Canberra’s oldest and largest
university, which was formerly established in 1947.
In 1993, Sydney based firm Knox and Partners prepared
a Strategic Landscape Plan for the site which acknowledges
the powerful presence of Black Mountain into the
campus landscape character as well as the heritage
of exotic plant material and intimate green courtyards. This
is well maintained by ANU Horticultural staff.
The last decade has seen an increased use of drought
hardy accent plants in shrub beds associated with
new buildings and building renovations and major
entry ways into the university, this has assisted
in achieving a significant reduction in water usage.
The gardens and grounds section staff, led by George
Abraham, are congratulated for becoming proficient
at developing and maintaining the landscapes at ANU.
Also receiving the Stewardship Award is the Centennial Park & Moore
Park Trust, a NSW State Government organisation,
who manages Centennial Parklands in Sydney -otherwise
know as the “people’s park” and
drawing over five million visits per year.
more information contact the AILA National Office
More information on the Stewardship
here for the PDF
version of the media release