Sustainable Landscape

Sustainable landscaping is low impact, low maintenance, low resource use and frequently low-cost landscaping that fits each particular site and climate – virtually taking care of itself. The landscape is unique among the construction elements because it involves a living and therefore perishable finished product. A significant part of the built environment is the landscape, not structures.

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DIGC Judges



Elisabetta Sari

Architect specializing in landscape design, both private and public. Graduated in Architecture in Venice, obtaining a Master’s degree in Landscape and green areas design at the University of Turin and the advanced training course Outdoor Experience Design at the Polidesign in Milan.

Successfully participated in several competitions as the award-winning garden Archiorto at Euroflora, Genoa 2011, the Touch the natural fibers in 2009 at the 7th Festival des Jardins Métisses, Parc de Wesserling, France, published in the book Jardins écologiques and O Sole Mio in 2007 at the First International Garden Festival, Ireland.




Jo Thompson

Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design work extensively across Europe from offices in London and East Sussex. The company has a large portfolio of projects, which include residential gardens, private developments, commercial and public spaces, urban and country parks, and art installations. Design styles range from the modern, sleek contemporary urban gardens and roof gardens, to traditional country gardens and large estates, throughout the UK and overseas.


Mohammed Al Jayyousi

Mohammed Al Jayyousi is a senior manager at Emaar Properties responsible for soft landscape and irrigation design endorsement across Emaar Portfolio. In addition, he is the Technical Lead for Corporate FM frameworks and managing all post contract landscape works and audits.

Mohammed has 25 years of expertise and multi-skills.

His scope includes Burj Khalifa, Downtown, The Dubai Mall, The Hotels, Dubai Marina, Community Centres and many others.

DD- PRO LAND David  Richard  Dodd

David started in the industry as an apprentice gardener in 1987, going on to obtain the National Diploma in Landscape Design & Construction at Merrist Wood College five years later. In 1995 David founded The Outdoor Room with one simple goal in mind: To create beautiful gardens of unbeatable standards. Both David’s parents were teachers, so naturally education has always been a very high priority in his life. He has lectured on design and construction at Merrist Wood and Inchbald School of Design and regularly gives workshops and lectures for the various industry organisations including BALI, APL, SGD and the RHS. In 2012, David became Chairman of BALI’s South Thames region and is currently on the RHS Chelsea Show Garden selection panel. David has been responsible for building many award-winning gardens, including fifteen RHS medal-winning show gardens and seven BALI National Awards.


Phil Evans

Phil specialises in the Professional Amenity, Landscape, Horticultural and Sportsturf sectors. He has launched four magazines including Greenkeeping and Planteria. Private PR accounts have included European Nurseries and growers, UK based nurseries and Global Turf Machinery manufacturers. He also writes for the new UK publication, Garden Centre Retail.

From 2010 -2012 the development of a Retail Plants and Shrubs section within Garden & Hardware News was completed. In April 2012, was launched for the U.K. retail plant sector. In November 2013, the concept was expanded to Tel: 07970 81766107970 817661 for further details.


Kamelia Bin Zaal

Kamelia Zaal is the Creative Director of the prestigious UAE eco-pioneering property development Al Barari, a unique residential development in the protected Royal Reserve of Nad Al Sheba, moments from the city centre of Dubai.

Having spent her formative years split between Dubai and the United Kingdom, Kamelia Bin Zaal returned to the UAE once her education was completed. She has held a number of high profile positions within Dubai including the Economic Department of Dubai’s Government working on projects such as Dubai Summer Surprises and Dubai Shopping Festival.