Gardens and landscapes have been prominent in Ripon Civic Society’s Awards, marking the Society’s Golden Jubilee year, which were presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hotel.
Winners of the awards, which recognise good design, craftsmanship and environmental schemes from the area around the city as well as within the city’s boundaries, included work at the Himalayan Garden in Grewelthorpe, Newby Hall and Swinton Park.
The Folly! Art installations in the water garden at Studley Royal was named as winner of the John Whitehead Award, with which the Civic Society to recognise an outstanding contribution to the area. The Himalayan Garden was named as winner of the Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement.
There were joint winners for the Hazzard Cup for the Best New Building; the award was shared by The Spa at Swinton Park and by High Trees, a new house on the former College site in Ripon. High Trees also took the Sustainability Award.
The Society presented the Price Flagon for Best Restored Building for the Orangery at Newby Hall. Newby also won the Craftsmanship Shield for the new Shell Pavilions at the end of the herbaceous borders.
St John’s Church, Sharow, was presented with the Helen Whitehead Salver for its comprehensive reordering and extension of the building.
A number of projects were commended. They were Southdene, an extended house in Copt Hewick; two shopfronts – Eastwick, North Street and the David Harrison Gallery, Kirkgate, both in Ripon; the Kath-Khuni Shelter at the Himalayan Garden; and stonework and gargoyles at Ripon Cathedral.
David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘In our 50th year, it has been encouraging that we still have plenty of interesting projects to consider for our Awards. They help us all appreciate that so many people in Ripon and the area around it care passionately about their buildings and landscapes, about craftsmanship, sustainability and the environment, and are willing to make an extra effort to ensure that they keep up the standards which the Society has championed though five decades.’
The winners this year:
The Hazzard Silver Cup for Best New Building:
• JOINT WINNERS: The Spa at Swinton Park and High Trees, Steven Way, Ripon
The Price Flagon for Best Restored Building:
• WINNER: The Orangery, Newby Hall
• COMMENDED: Southdene, Copt Hewick
The Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement:
• WINNER: The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, Grewelthorpe
The Taylor Plate for the Best Shop Front:
• COMMENDED: Eastwick, North Street, Ripon
• COMMENDED: David Harrison Gallery, Kirkgate, Ripon
The Craftsmanship Shield for Best Craftsmanship:
• WINNER: The Shell Pavilions, Newby Hall
• COMMENDED: The Kath-Khuni Shelter, The Himalayan Garden
• COMMENDED: Stonework and gargoyles, Ripon Cathedral
The Sustainability Award:
• WINNER: High Trees
The Helen Whitehead Salver for the best project:
• St John’s Church, Sharow
The John Whitehead Award:
• Folly! The National Trust, Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey
For more information: David Winpenny on 01765 607641 or 0777 888 1932
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