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Eric Cherry receives his SALI lifetime Achievement award 2014

An Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on Eric Cherry by the South African Landscaper's Institute (SALI) at the annual South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) held in Pretoria on June 5, 2014.  The award is traditionally presented to legends of the landscaping world in recognition of their contribution to the green industry and South Africa.

Eric's footprints are to be seen on projects ranging from the Lost City, Erinvale Golf Course in Somerset West, to the 6-star One&Only Hotel at the Waterfront, Green Point Urban Park and Biodiversity Garden, the Lourens River Rehabilitation Project, My Citi Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) bus system and Khayelitsha's Harare Precinct 3 Park.

After working on a protea farm in the Boland, Eric joined Bidvest Top Turf and was entrusted with creating the ambitious, visionary and complex 28 hectare garden paradise, which Sol Kerzner named the Lost City.  For 2 years, Eric worked 24/7 with teams of labour, mountains of soil, incoming forest of extraordinary plant material, cranes, rocks, endless deadlines and lots of drama.  On his return to the Cape, Eric installed the gardens at the Somerset Mall, and while working for Bidvest Top Turf was the Project Manager responsible for completing the Gary Player-designed Erinvale Golf Course in time to host the 1995 World Cup Golf Tournament.

In 2003, Eric formed Urban Landscape Solutions, and as the Western Cape sizzled under a drought, purchased New Horizen Farm-Nursery, situated on a unique patch of Sandveld close to Malmesbury.  Many of the plants now used by Urban Landscape Solutions for projects are grown at the farm.

 

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When I started there were no landscape architects and gardens were planted with exotic plants.

The industry is far more professional now, with an emphasis on using waterwise indigenous plants and a lot more hard landscaping.

Eric Cherry
A member of the following institutes:
SALI – South African Landscape Institute LIA – Landscape Irrigation Association of South Africa