Landscape Institute endorses Custodian Awards celebrating excellence in parks, gardens and tree management

The Landscape Institute has joined the Professional Gardeners' Guild in supporting the Custodian Awards, as the institute's president praised the "great unsung heroes" of our green spaces.

Denton-Thompson: Green space custodians 'rarely get recognition for outstanding work'. Image: LI
Denton-Thompson: Green space custodians 'rarely get recognition for outstanding work'. Image: LI

The awards, now in their second year, celebrate excellence in parks, gardens, grounds and tree management and provide in-house managers the opportunity to promote their latest site developments, motivate their teams, colleagues and partners, and reward their outstanding achievements. 

Run by Horticulture Week, this year, there are even more categories in the Custodian Awards, including Best Heritage Park and Best Neighbourhood Park, Best Gardens or Arboretum (1 – 5 staff and 6+ staff) and Best Grounds.

Other categories include Best Parks Restoration / Development Project, Best Environmental Initiative and Best Community-Health Initiative.

Click here to enter the Custodian Awards today 

Landscape Institute president Merrick Denton-Thompson said: "The people who are managing our parks and open spaces are great unsung heroes and they very rarely get any recognition for the outstanding work they do in providing a vital resource that secures the health and safety of our communities.

They have to address all the problems associated with modern living. Their passion for natural systems and their care for wildlife and their attention to providing landscapes for children and old people and the wider community should be celebrated more and recognised more by society."

The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape architecture profession and an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice.

Its aim, through the work of its members, is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. The LI provides a professional home for landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers.

The Custodian Awards winners gala will be held at beautiful Woburn Abbey in the Bedfordshire countryside, and those attending will have the opportunity to experience a garden tour by estates garden manager Martin Towsey.

Horticulture Week will also publish a special awards report detailing all the winners’ projects and finalists in print and online at - and promote winners' achievements via social media platforms. 

The early bird deadline for the Custodian Awards is 24 February. For full information and to enter click here.

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