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.

HW Custodian Awards host Sue Ireland with Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, West Dean Gardens
HW Custodian Awards host Sue Ireland with Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, West Dean Gardens

Held at the stunning Chelsea Physic Garden yesterday afternoon, award winning teams stretching across the UK from Fife to Somerset, came together for a celebration and presentation hosted by the director of open spaces at the City of London, Sue Ireland.

The event saw head gardeners Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain from West Dean Gardens pick up the Horticulture Week Custodian Award for the most exceptional contribution to the management of parks, gardens or tree schemes.

A husband and wife team, Buckland and Wain have dedicated a lifetime to revitalising the 92-acre gardens which had suffered years of neglect following their heyday in the Edwardian era.

Winners were presented with their certificates by Neville Stein, representing industry charity and Horticulture Week Custodian Awards partner Perennial.

The awards were judged by independent panel of judges including Tony Arnold, chair of the Professional Gardeners Guild, Sally Drury, technical editor of Horticulture Week, Andrew Gill, president of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and board member of the Parks Alliance, David Lambert of the Parks Agency and Dr Sidney Sullivan, independent consultant.

Full write ups of all the award-winning projects and high commendations will feature in an upcoming edition of Horticulture Week magazine.

Horticulture Week Custodian Award Winners in Full

Best Urban Park Initiative

Rethinking Burnley's Parks - Burnley Borough Council

Best Sports Grounds Initiative

Forest Sports Zone - Nottingham City Council

Best Gardens or Arboretum Team

Audley End, English Heritage

Best Urban Parks Team

Nottingham City Council Parks and Open Spaces Team

Best Grounds Care Team

Leighton-Linslade Town Council

Best Parks Restoration/Development Project

Watford Parks Improvement Programme 2013-2015 - Watford Borough Council with Ground Control & Southern Green

Best Parks Partnership

Fife Council

Best Gardens Restorations / Development Project

The Far End - Bodnant Garden National Trust

Best Gardens Partnership

Chiswick House and Gardens Trust with Gavin Jones Limited

Best Amenity Woodland / Forest Initiative

Castlemilk Park Project

Cassiltoun Housing Association with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association, Forestry Commission Scotland, Jeely Piece Playzone

Best Community / Volunteer Initiative

50 Trees for 50 Soldiers - Hugglescote and Donington le Heath Heritage Society in conjunction with Hugglescote and Donington le Heath Parish Council

Horticulture Week Custodian Award

Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain - West Dean Gardens

Highly Commended

Best Urban Parks Team - Highly Commended

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Best Gardens or Arboretum Team - Highly Commended

Blenheim Palace

Best Gardens Restorations / Development Project - Highly Commended

Reviving Trentham - St Modwen

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