A SHOREHAM garden designer has been named the top contractor in the country.
Steve Smith, who owns Shore Landscapes, in Hammy Lane, was crowned Marshalls National Contractor of the Year 2013 last week, winning a new Toyota Hilux truck.
He was entered for the top prize having won the Best Patio Transformation under 35m² in the prestigious Marshalls Register awards.
Receiving his prize, Mr Smith said: “I’m truly amazed, shocked and elated that leading industry experts have chosen me over and above all of the talented people in this room.”
The awards ceremony, held in West Yorkshire, celebrated excellence in hard landscaping installation and design. There were more than 650 project submissions from 250 contractors.
His wife, Sonia Smith, said: “We were absolutely over the moon. The awards are judged by people in the industry so it means a lot to be recognised by his peers.”
Steve has more than 30 years’ experience, including helping at the Chelsea Flower Show last year, and has won awards in the past, but never on this scale.
In fact, Shore Landscapes was highly commended in the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards 2014 just a week before.
Daughter-in-law Rachel Thompson said: “He has worked hard all his life and this is the first time he has truly been recognised for his hard work and dedication.”
David Jessop, operations manager of the Marshalls Register, said: “The winning project was simply stunning. The quality, design and use of materials on this project, as with all his projects, were simply superb. I couldn’t be happier for him.”