Celebrating 14 award wins at NZ’s Premier Landscape Awards

11 September 2023

Residential, Commercial, Garden Maintenance projects and Young Landscapers earn national accolades at the 2023 Landscapes of Distinction Awards.

Natural Habitats has maintained its multi-award-winning track record winning 14 medals across multiple categories at the Landscapes of Distinction Awards held in Dunedin on Saturday 1st September.

Among industry peers, Natural Habitats celebrated an evening of entertainment and awards, honouring New Zealand’s finest Young Landscapers and top landscaping projects.

Jordan Greville, Natural Habitats CEO says the awards are testament to the team’s dedication and creativity.

“It’s extremely rewarding for our landscapers to have national recognition for their skill and unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality landscapes.” 

Of these recognitions, Amandeep Singh, Dillyn van der Merwe, Tyla May and Lauchlan King were finalists for the 2023 Young Landscaper of the Year title. They put their skills to the test over a day of practical challenges from paving to plant set out as well as a speech sharing their vision for the industry’s future.

Amandeep was awarded Outstanding Achievement, Career Development and Dillyn was awarded Outstanding Achievement, Excellence and Innovation.

“Nurturing young talent is important to us and we are thrilled with our young landscapers and Amandeep’s and Dillyn’s wins.”

One of the more challenging and gold winning projects was the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway, confirming Natural Habitats as a leader in the mass planting sector. The scale of the project was immense taking over 6 years to plant more than 1.1 million native plants over 10 hectares that included a variety of micro-environments from gullies to wetlands, amenity planting, embankment planting and more.

“We are relied upon to design, deliver and care for some of New Zealand’s more iconic and intricate projects, and while awards reward us, the real triumph belongs to our clients who envision and entrust us with their landscapes.”


Natural Habitats won a number of gold, silver and bronze awards in multiples categories including:

Young Landscaper of the Year:
Outstanding Achievement, Career Development – Amandeep Singh
Outstanding Achievement, Excellence and Innovation – Dillyn van der Merwe

Commercial Horticulture: Waikato Expressway, Hamilton Section
Commercial Garden Management: Healthcare Park

Residential Design: Mission Bay Paradise
Residential Horticulture: Mission Bay Paradise
Revegetation & Planting: Taiaotea Stream
Commercial Construction (open project size): South East Asia Jungle Trail, Auckland Zoo
Commercial Horticulture: Village Goldsmith Green Wall
Commercial Horticulture: Panmure Busway

Residential Construction: Mission Bay Paradise
Commercial Horticulture: Hamilton Airport
Commercial Construction (under 5000m2): Village Goldsmith Green Wall
Garden Management (under 5000m2): Village Goldsmith Green Wall

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