A Lisburn based Cameron Landscapes has notched up a unique achievement to win the most coveted award in the industry for a seventh time with a stunning scheme in County Fermanagh.
The firm was presented with the Bog Oak Trophy, the overall award, at the all-Ireland awards ceremony run by the Association of Landscape Contractors in Ireland (ALCI) at Titanic Belfast.
The site comprising of two private gardens blending into its surrounding landscape was designed by Geoff Cameron and described by judge Reg Maxwell as “outstanding”.
The family run business was founded more than 40 years ago and is one of the most successful companies in the design and construction of private gardens.
Now run by Lisburn man Geoff Cameron, it is also at the forefront of the commercial landscaping sector in Northern Ireland with current works underway in the Comber Community Greenway project and the Tropical Ravine restoration project at Botanic Gardens, Belfast.
Geoff said: “We entered two schemes this year, one in the commercial category designed by Gillespies of Glasgow, the Main Contractor was Felix O’Hare & Co. Ltd; this won ‘Best Commercial Project’. The other scheme in the private garden category was the eventual winner.
“It’s not every day I get to design and build a garden in such a beautiful part of the world”, set on an elevated site looking across lower Lough Erne. It was a three acre site with massive changes in levels but I knew there was a lot of potential here to produce something special.
“The Garden Centre is key, we are lucky to work with all the best Nursery growers all over Great Britain, Ireland and Europe, constantly buying plants and trees for our commercial and private schemes always looking for special plants to bring home and display in the Garden Centre tempting our customers.
“These plants are essential for focal points and important areas of the garden, having such a wide range of fantastic plants in stock is a definite advantage to my success.”
Despite the success, Geoff can’t take a break as he’s currently undertaking schemes in the Connswater Greenway project, the Tropical Ravine Restoration at Botanic Gardens and the recently opened CS Lewis Square in Belfast.
Geoff added: “Behind all these great schemes is a super team of people both in the landscaping division and in the garden centre.”