A Exceptional Win For Dorset Soils & Aggregates

Left to right: Darren, Recycling Yard manager, Beckie, Marketing & Graphic Designer, Dave, Ferndown Branch Manager, Sally, Sales Manager, Charlie, Bournemouth Branch manager, Paul, Managing Director, Julianna, Finance Director, Holly, Accounts Assistant, Andrew, Delivery Driver, Alison, Sales Executive, Geoff Guy, previous employee

As a BALI Registered Affiliate, we are proud to announce that we have been awarded the British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) prestigious award for Exceptional Affiliate Service! A lot of excitement and anticipation has been felt amongst the team as we prepared to receive this award at the glittering luncheon awards ceremony, by the BALI adjudicators.

This significant award ceremony was the 43rd annual BALI National Landscape Awards, held on Friday 6th December at the iconic JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Sponsored by BALI Registered Affiliate, Green-tech, it was this glamorous event that saw the celebratory awards ceremony for the skills, hard work, quality, commitment and successes of BALI Registered members. This is the largest landscape Awards in Europe, being an association which recognises excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance both in the UK and overseas, as well as awarding Affiliate customer service and employer excellence.

What is BALI?

BALI stands for British Association of Landscape Industries and are a trade association for all landscape professionals, currently supporting over 900 registered members in the UK and overseas.

BALI is the leading trade association that represents all landscape professionals from design, build and maintenance through to supply, training and education. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast looking for a reputable company to design and create your dream landscape, or you’re a professional Landscaper looking for a reliable supplier, this association gives customers peace of mind that the registered members are quality-assured businesses. Membership has only been granted to companies that meet the BALI terms and conditions with the continuation depending on consistent demonstration of high standards.

Here at Dorset Soils and Aggregates/ Stone Zone & Landscaping Centre, we are a national supplier of soft and hard landscaping materials, ranging from specially blended soils, to our flagship Wessex® Coolfresh turf to a vast range of both porcelain and Indian sandstone paving. The business began in 1998 and has since expanded year on year to now consist of 3 different branches, a recycling yard/ distribution centre and head office. Our three branches are based in Ferndown, Dorchester and Bournemouth, all of which have inspirational display areas created by our landscaping clients, and a friendly team of customer advisors with many years of training and experience behind them.

The company stands for two things: unbeatable prices and the highest levels of customer service. We consistently demonstrated this to the BALI adjudicators, which led to the success of winning this highly respected award. As the South’s leading supplier of landscaping materials, we could give examples of regular, returning customers that gave outstanding testimonies to the business, highlighting our ability to source any required products from around in the world, along with the team’s friendly and knowledgeable attitudes.

Our staff members possess over 75 years of experience in the landscaping and building industry between them, ensuring Dorset Soils and Aggregates are able to give the best possible service from start to finish. Offering an inviting and friendly atmosphere for both the trade and DIY enthusiasts; our customer advisors are always on-hand to offer advice, source any products at the best prices, arrange fast and efficient delivery and guarantee each customer received a good experience.

This was the second year the Awards were successfully delivered in-house by the team at BALI’s Landscape House. Events Project Manager Leah Brookes, who attended the 2018 Awards and project managed the 2019 event said:

"It has been an immense pleasure managing the BALI Awards 2019. From attending the event last year, to meeting and working alongside the expert adjudicators, to managing the whole entry process and advising members on their submissions. To see the fruition of a year’s work come together on this special day and celebrate together with each and every member is fabulous. I send my heartfelt congratulations to all our winners and thanks to all our sponsors, adjudicators and stakeholders for their continued support of the prestigious National Landscape Awards".

Sport and lifestyle presenter Mark Durden-Smith played host for the afternoon’s proceedings in front of over 1,000 BALI VIPs, members and guests, including Adam White MBALI, President and Fellow of the ‘Royal Chartered’ Landscape Institute and BALI Registered Designer; Chair of the Society of Garden Designers, Sarah Morgan; Rod Winrow, Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers; Sue Biggs CBE, Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society and Gerald Bonner, President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIOH).

This is a great accolade for the company and gives us the recognition and credit that each and every member of staff has worked so hard to achieve. This year, BALI also saw a record-breaking amount of first-time entries; receiving a total number of 145 entries to go through, making it even more impressive that we secured the Exceptional Service Award.

Paul Miller, Managing Director and Julianna Miller, Finance Director

Paul Miller, Managing Director:

"Well done to all our staff for helping achieve this prestigious National Award – twenty-one years in the making. We’ve come a long way since one man and a transit tipper!"


A full list of award-winners and a description of the winning schemes is available on the BALI Awards website here.