Milton Park team wins landscaping ‘Oscar’

The team working on Milton Park’s green spaces won the equivalent to a landscaping ‘Oscar’ in this year’s British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Awards, taking home the coveted Principal Award in the Ground Maintenance – Limited Public Access category, notoriously one of the most competitive awards on offer.

The award celebrates all the hard work done by the brilliant Nurture Landscapes team, maintaining the beautiful green spaces that both visitors and those working at Milton Park love.

Through all weathers and through lockdowns the team has cut, planted, sewn, weeded, and mown the green areas in Milton Park. Nurture was supported by landscape architects from Anthony Stiff Associates and the wider Milton Park estate team, including CBRE.

Milton Park’s green spaces and its environmental initiatives were highly commended by the awards’ expert judging panel. The team demonstrated exemplary standards across the 200-acre site with particular mention to biodiversity and sustainability initiatives.

The works have seen a grand total of 2,658 trees planted across the Park - and include wildflower meadows, lagoons, flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns to provide unique and characterful open spaces for the 9,000 people who work there. Milton Park was announced as a shortlisted winner in September and - following an in-person visit by the judges - was selected as first place during the award ceremony in London on Friday 3 December by a panel led by National Landscape Awards Chair, John Melmoe.

Jon Hopson, Contracts Manager at Nurture Landscapes, said: “We’re so pleased to have been commended for our work at Milton Park in these prestigious awards. We placed particular attention to detail on encouraging biodiversity and sustainability within our maintenance of Milton Park’s grounds, helping to contribute to the Park’s long-term plans for sustainable growth.

“We’ve often regarded the BALI Awards to be the ‘Oscars of the landscaping industry’, so for our team to be recognised at this event is a huge achievement.”

Peter King, Estate Manager at Milton Park, said: "To win such a prestigious and industry-recognised award is testament to the high quality and skill from our team, Anthony Stiff Associates and Nurture Landscapes. We’d like to say a huge thank you to them for all their help in making Milton Park what it is today.

“Over the past 18 months we’ve made changes to the maintenance plan and have delivered an array of biodiversity-led projects, including the introduction of wildflower meadows. We’re delighted the judges recognised the hard work put in and we look forward to continue creating and maintaining fantastic green spaces at Milton Park for the enjoyment of all those who come here.”

Philip Campbell, Commercial Director at MEPC Milton Park, said: “We’ve been so impressed with the hard work of our landscapers and we couldn’t be prouder of the team for winning a BALI award. It’s really important to us that we make Milton Park a great place for people to come and work, so securing such a high-profile award for our green spaces is a real honour and a brilliant note to end the year on.

“I would like to say massive thank you to everyone involved - particularly Milton Park’s Estate Manager, Peter King as well as the wider CBRE team, who I know are working really hard to improve the environment and customer service levels for all our occupiers across the estate.”

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About Milton Park

Milton Park is a dynamic science and technology park in Oxfordshire and one of the largest in Europe. It is a collaborative working environment and a welcoming community that fuels innovation and sustainable growth for more than 250 businesses and 9,000 people.

With three million sq ft (278,709 sq m) of offices, laboratories and warehouses and 25+ amenities, Milton Park is in 214 acres of ownership, of which 43 acres is open and landscaped space with water, shrubs, grass and trees.

Its primary responsibility is to its customers with a duty to create a home for dynamic businesses, small or large, thanks to an inspiring landscape, unrivalled connectivity, and welcome humanity.

It facilitates life-changing discoveries and conversations between the business community, local and national government, research, academia, education, local residents and all relevant stakeholders.

By managing the buildings and infrastructure in sustainable ways, the environment is enhanced, and flexibility is given for each company to realise its full potential.

Milton Park provides a place where collaboration and the fusion of ideas can flourish, and talent can thrive. Social and cultural life are integral to Milton Park. As a member of the community, people can enjoy its many amenities and events.

About MEPC 

MEPC develops and manages some of the UK’s best commercial real estate and provides consistently strong, long-term, financial performance for our investors.

MEPC has a team of highly experienced professionals based in on-site offices to be close to occupiers.

MEPC understands the ever-changing needs of business and delivers property and place making solutions that are fit for purpose, consistently achieved industry leading levels of customer retention over many years.

Across MEPC’s UK park and urban portfolio, MEPC provides workspace for more than 350 organisations and 15,000 people over four million sq ft.

Responsible property investment is important to the MEPC business strategy, meaning we work closely with all stakeholders in the communities we serve. The assets under MEPC management make a positive contribution to the economic welfare of the immediate areas both locally and nationally. 

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