HORTICULTURE WEEK CUSTODIAN AWARDS

The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards celebrate the best of parks, gardens and tree management, giving in-house gardens and green space managers working to ensure the best possible future for all kinds of green spaces, the chance to showcase their achievements, reward team effort and highlight to stakeholders the vital role they play.

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Outstanding winners of the inaugural Horticulture Week Custodian Awards revealed

Outstanding winners of the inaugural Horticulture Week Custodian Awards revealed

Fifteen outstanding parks, gardens and tree teams have scooped awards at the first ever Horticulture Week Custodian Awards presentation.

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Perennial offers free, confidential financial and emotional advice, help and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons. Many describe Perennial’s services simply as a ‘lifeline’. The work of the charity depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public.

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The Parks Alliance (TPA) is the voice of UK parks, representing the people and organisations that create, maintain, invest in and use the public green spaces that we are proud to have at the heart of British life. We campaign at local, regional, and UK levels to ensure that parks are properly funded, their roles recognized and developed, and that the benefits that they provide are clearly understood and recognized.

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CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA 

The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards are split into four groups: Parks management, Garden management, Tree management and General:

PARKS MANAGEMENT CATEGORIES
Open to in-house local authority, trust and national parks and grounds-care teams

Best urban park initiative
Awarded for the best example of innovation in any aspect of the work of an urban parks management team (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, horticulture practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc) leading to enhanced outcomes for the site/s cared for by the team, and its users.

Best national park initiative 
Awarded for the best example of innovation in any aspect of the work of a national parks management team (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, horticulture practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc) leading to enhanced outcomes for the site/s cared for by the team, and its users.

Best sports grounds initiative
Awarded for the best example of innovation in any aspect of the work of a grounds care team (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, turf care practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc) leading to enhanced outcomes for the site/s cared for by the team, and its users.

Best urban parks team 
Awarded to the best example of a parks team which through clear objectives across all areas of its work (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, horticulture practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc), good communication, quality management and excellent technical practice, has achieved improved outcomes for the sites in its care, the users of those sites and other stakeholders.

Best national parks team 
Awarded to the best example of a parks team which through clear objectives across all areas of its work (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, horticulture practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc), good communication, quality management and excellent technical practice, has achieved improved outcomes for the sites in its care, the users of those sites and other stakeholders.

Best grounds care team
Awarded to the best example of a grounds care team which through clear objectives across all areas of its work (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, turf care practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc), good communication,  quality management and excellent technical practice, has succeeded in achieving improved outcomes for the sites in its care, the users of those sites and other stakeholders.

Best parks restoration/development project
Awarded to the best parks restoration or development project completed in the past 18 months. The project should show innovation as well as best practice in design, installation, environmental standards, etc. Entrants should describe how the initiative was conceived, executed and quantified.

Best parks partnership
Awarded to the best example of a partnership forged between two or more organisations whether from the public, private or third sector to support and enhance the provision of sustainable green space services. Entrants should describe how the partnership was conceived, its implementation, its objectives and outcomes to date. 

GARDEN MANAGEMENT CATEGORIES
Open to in-house gardens teams managing arboreta, historic and botanic gardens, and private estates


Best garden or arboretum initiative
Awarded for the best example of innovation in any aspect of the work of a garden or arboretum management team (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, horticulture practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc) leading to enhanced outcomes for the site/s cared for by the team, and its users.

Best gardens or arboretum team
Awarded to the best example of a gardens or arboretum team which through clear objectives across all areas of its work (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, horticulture practice, arboriculture practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc), good communication,  quality management and excellent technical practice, has succeeded in achieving improved outcomes for the sites in its care, the users of those sites and other stakeholders.

Best gardens restoration/development project
Awarded to the best gardens restoration or development project completed in the past 18 months. The project should show innovation as well as best practice in design, installation, environmental standards, etc. Entrants should describe how the initiative was:conceived, executed and quantified.

Best gardens partnership
Awarded to the best example of a partnership forged between two or more organisations whether from the public, private or third sector to support and enhance the sustainable management of a garden or arboretum. Entrants should describe how the partnership was conceived, its implementation, its objectives and outcomes to date. 

TREE MANAGEMENT CATEGORIES
Open to in-house local authority tree care, arboreta, woodland and forestry management teams 

Best urban street tree initiative
Awarded for the best example of innovation in any aspect of the work of a tree-care team (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, arboriculture practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc) leading to enhanced outcomes.

Best amenity woodland/forest initiative
Awarded for the best example of innovation in any aspect of the work of an urban parks management team (eg income generation, environmental initiatives, contract management, horticulture practice, maintenance, community involvement, promotion, skills development etc) leading to enhanced outcomes for the site/s cared for by the team, and its users.

Best tree team
Awarded to the best example of a tree-care team which through clear objectives across all areas of its work (eg arboriculture practice, environmental initiatives, contract management, maintenance, community involvement, health & safety, promotion, skills development etc), good communication, quality management and excellent technical practice, has succeeded in achieving improved outcomes for the sites in its care, the users of those sites and other stakeholders.

Best tree or woodland partnership
Awarded to the best example of a partnership forged between two or more organisations whether from the public, private or third sector to support and enhance the sustainable provision of urban street tree or woodland amenities. Entrants should describe how the partnership was conceived, its implementation, its objectives and outcomes to date. 

GENERAL CATEGORIES

Best community/volunteer initiative
Awarded for the best example of a community/volunteer initiative aligned to any aspect of the work of a parks, gardens or tree management team leading to enhanced outcomes.

Horticulture Week Custodian award
Awarded to an individual who has made the most exceptional contribution to the management of parks, gardens or tree schemes.   This category is open to nominations.