COUNTDOWN: 9 DAYS days for gardeners, designers and green space managers to enter the Custodian Awards

Professionals managing and developing the UK's garden attractions, public parks, trees and landscapes now have until 29th March to enter the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2019 following an extension to the deadline.

The prestigious awards scheme returns to the Woburn Abbey on 25 June where the outstanding achievements of the professionals who make the UK’s parks, gardens and green spaces the vital and vibrant places they are today will be recognised.

Categories celebrate outstanding work across all areas of activity including restoration and redevelopment, on-going management and maintenance, partnership working, volunteer and community engagement, and more. 

New Categories  

In addition for 2019, new categories have been launched that reward the very best parks and gardens design projects, outstanding green infrastructure planning and, in recognition of the financial challenges facing many in the sector, the very best funding initiatives.

The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards are open to all professionals responsible for the management and development of parks, gardens and other green spaces, including in-house management teams, contractor organisations (where the contractor has taken on the primary management role) and specialist consultants. 

The extended deadline for entry at www.custodianawards.com is Friday March 29th. 

Top benefits

The top five benefits of entering the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards are:

  • A powerful selling point for your garden, parks portfolio, estate or organisation (winner and finalist logos supplied), helping you to market to potential visitors and customers.
  • Industry recognition for your teams and volunteers, providing you with a powerful 
  • staff-motivational tool.
  • Year-round opportunities for your achievements to be promoted on Horticulture Week’s print and digital platforms, enabling you to highlight your achievements to a 100,000-strong monthly audience passionate about horticulture. 
  • A permanent place in Horticulture Week’s Custodian Gallery, ensuring lasting recognition for your, and your team’s, achievements.
  • The opportunity to take part in the leading national awards event for the UK parks and gardens industry, where you can network with leaders in your industry.

Award categories for 2019

1. Parks Management

Open to entry by parks departments from local authorities, trusts or other entities,
and also contractors where the contractor has taken on the primary parks management role.

  • Parks or Green Space Service of the Year
  • Best Parks Restoration or Development
  • Best Heritage Park
  • Best Neighbourhood Park

2. Gardens Management

Open to entry by gardens teams from garden attractions, historic gardens, botanic gardens, arboreta, private estates, trusts, local authorities, or other entities, and also contractors where the contractor has taken on the primary gardens management role.

  • Garden or Arboretum Team of the Year
  • Best Garden Restoration Project
  • Best Garden or Arboretum (1-5 staff)
  • Best Garden or Arboretum (6+ staff)

3. Tree Management

Open to entry by arboriculture teams from local authorities, trusts or other entities, and also contractors where the contractor has taken on the primary tree management role.

  • Tree Service of the Year

4. Grounds Management

Open to entry by grounds departments from educational institutions, local authorities, trusts or other entities, and also contractors where the contractor has taken on the primary grounds management role.

  • Best Grounds

5. Design Excellence

Open to entry by landscape, garden and planting designers, play designers or other specialists, working either in practice or as part of an in-house team.

  • Best Planting Design (site or series of sites under 3ha in total)
  • Best Planting Design (site or series of sites over 3ha in total)
  • Best Play Area Design

6. Partnership Excellence

Open to contractor, local authority and third-sector partners.

  • Best Partnership: Commercial (parks, gardens or tree care)
  • Best Partnership: Third Sector (parks, gardens or tree care)

7. Stakeholder Excellence

Open to entry by parks, gardens, grounds or tree managers working for local authorities, trusts or other entities, and also contractors where the contractor has taken on the primary management role.

  • Best Volunteer Initiative
  • Best Community Health/Well-being Initiative
  • Best Visitor Initiative

8. Strategic Excellence

Open to entry by landscape, gardens and green-space consultants or parks, gardens, grounds and tree managers working for local authorities, trusts or other entities, or contractors where the contractor has taken on the primary management role.

  • Best New Funding Initiative
  • Best Green Space/Infrastructure Strategy

Winners will be presented once again at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire on 25 June at a prestigious afternoon Awards Reception & Presentation. 

Charity Partner

Thank you to industry charity Perennial for becoming our charity partner for the Custodian Awards and Parks & Gardens Live in 2019.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To become a sponsor, please contact gabriella.lee@haymarket.com.

Parks & Gardens Live

The Custodian Awards Reception & Presentation will again be co-located with Parks & Gardens Live, a show that provides professional gardeners, parks managers and landscape maintenance teams with an exciting mix of practical learning, mentoring, inspiration, knowledge sharing and networking — all curated by the UK’s leading kit expert and HW technical editor, Sally Drury.

Highlights of the day include product showcase tours and professional kit demonstrations led by Drury, while inspirational expert advisers and practitioners lead must-attend workshops. To exhibit at Parks & Gardens Live, or to partner both events, please contact gabriella.lee@haymarket.com.


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