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Eric Cherry receives his SALI lifetime Achievement award 2014

Eric Cherry is a registered professional in Landscape Construction and Maintenance, registered with the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (Reg no. 20269).

An Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on Eric Cherry.

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. 

Eric's involvement with various industry bodies include:
SALI (South African Landscapers Institute)
  As the past regional chairperson of SALI Cape and has served as 
SALI Cape Chairperson on four previous occasions. 
Served two terms as SALI National Chairperson.
  Served on the SALI Cape region executive as treasurer.
LIA (Landscape Irrigation Association of South Africa)
  Served as the founding chairperson of both LIA National and LIA Cape.
Cape Green Forum
  Served on this committee as a founding committee member and served on the 
committee for two terms.
SAGIC (South African Green Industrial Council)
  Served two terms on the SAGIC board.
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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