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Meet the judges


Trudi Entwistle248

Trudi Entwistle    

Trudi is a senior lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Leeds

Metropolitan University. She is also a site-specific artist. Her artwork

lies somewhere between land art, sculpture and design, and she

has produced installations throughout the UK as well as

internationally, especially in the Far East. Through teaching,

research and art, Trudi is interested in how sculptural forms integrate

with their surroundings and interact with human movement. Trudi will be judging the main awards.

Richard Sneesby248

Richard Sneesby

Richard is a landscape architect, garden designer, author & until recently was course leader of the award winning degree course in GD at University College Falmouth. He has presented a number of TV series, was co-author of The Garden Maker’s Manual & wrote the ‘how to design’ sections of the RHS Encyclopedia of GD. He runs a landscape & garden design practice,

has won a number of design awards, delivers specialist workshops for the SGD & been an external examiner & assessor for many landscape and garden design courses at home and abroad. Richard will be judging the main awards.

Bill Burford248

Bill Burford

Bill is a lecturer, landscape architect & garden designer with a passion for innovative concepts, well planned spaces design detailing & biodiversity based on a sound knowledge of environmental principles. Bill has designed and constructed a variety of public and private gardens, therapeutic landscapes & wetland habitats across the UK & abroad His current role as course leader for a degree course in Landscape Architecture at the University of Gloucestershire. Bill will be judging the main awards.

Arabella St John Parker248

Arabella St John Parker

Arabella is Houses & Gardens Editor for Homes & Gardens magazine and has enjoyed gardening since childhood, when her father set aside patches of garden for her and her siblings to cultivate as they wished. Arabella chose to grow an unusual combination of carrots and cornflowers, carefully sown in neat rows. Today she enjoys visiting other people’s gardens and,

as a gardening editor, working with and learning from real experts in the gardening world. Arabella will be judging both the main awards & student award

A panel of independent and respected experts, including designers, academics, journalists and horticultural professionals, will be selecting the shortlisted and winning designs. The SGD Award judges for 2013 are:

Sarah Eberle248

Sarah Eberle

Sarah is a landscape architect and garden designer with 30 years’ experience; she is known as a ‘fusion style’ designer, producing work of an eclectic mix. Sarah is also a regular designer on the RHS garden shows circuit and has nine RHS Gold medals including Best in Show Chelsea 2007. Sarah works from her home in Hampshire. Sarah will be judging the Student Designer Award.

Paul Nulty

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Paul is an award-winning lighting designer with over 15 years' experience.  Combining creativity with an eye for detail, Paul’s theatrical lighting background provides a unique understanding of the relationship between space and light.  Illumination of the external environment is of particular importance to Paul as it’s an opportunity to create theatre through contrast, drama and composition.  He established Paul Nulty Lighting Design in 2011.

Paul will be judging the Lighting Award.

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Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom Stuart-Smith read Zoology at Cambridge before completing a post graduate degree in Landscape Design at Manchester University. Tom set up his own practice in 1998. Projects include numerous large private gardens in the English countryside & overseas projects throughout Europe, India, USA and Caribbean. Tom has created 8 Gold Medal winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. His work expresses the idea of the garden as a place that quietly articulates emotions & ideas, believing that the designer's role is to set the scene without imposing a rigid narrative & that a garden should not bind us to a narrow vision. Rather the aim is to make places of imaginative possibility.

©Andrew Lawson