The RHS has awarded Head gardener at National Trust gardens Cliveden Andrew Mudge the RHS Associate of Honour.
The award, established in 1930, is presented to British nationals who have rendered distinguished services to horticulture in the course of their working life. No more than 100 of these awards can be held at any one time.
Mudge said: "I am both delighted and honoured to receive this award. It was such a surprise and it is also recognition for the three National Trust gardens that I have been fortunate to work in over the last 35 years, Castle Drogo and Killerton in Devon and now Cliveden. It is also a tribute to all of the gardeners that I have worked with.''
Mudge has led an ambitious programme of restoration in the Grade I listed gardens since his arrival at Cliveden in 2006. He has restored lost views over the River Thames, introduced spectacular seasonal planting on the Parterre and in the Long Garden, and spearheaded the recreation of Cliveden’s lost giant-sized maze which now attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.