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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Winner - Watford Borough Council/Veolia
The Bedford Estates gardens manager Martin Towsey has made an outstanding contribution to horticulture during his 33 years in the profession.
Winner - Brown at Work, Croome, National Trust
Winner - Thiepval Team, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Winner - Benmore botanic garden, RBG Edinburgh
Winner - Edible Gardening project, RBG Edinburgh
Winner - Observatree, Woodland Trust
Winner - The Bath, Bodnant Garden, National Trust
Winner - Trentham Gardens, St Modwen
Winner - Croome Parkland, National Trust
Winner - a new vision for Nene Park, Nene Park Trust
Winner - Parks Service, London Borough of Islington
Winner - Woburn Gardens team, Woburn Abbey
Winner - iCo Green, London Borough of Islington
Winner - Northumberlandia, the Land Trust
Winner - Countess of Chester Country Park, The Land Trust
Winner - Walmer Castle Gardens, English Heritage
Winner -Batsford Arboretum, The Batsford Foundation
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 recognised.
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.
Head gardeners and husband-and-wife team Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain began restoring West Dean Gardens in 1991.
Councillors have invested a considerable amount of resources in improving parks and facilities in Leighton-Linslade, Bedfordshire, with contributions from town and parish councils. An ongoing programme will see all the area's parks brought up to standard.
Winner - Rethinking Burnley's Parks, Burnley Borough Council
Winner - Forest Sports Zone, Nottingham City Council
Winner - Castlemilk Park Project, Cassiltoun Housing Association with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association, Forestry Commission Scotland, Jeely Piece Playzone
Winner - The Far End, Bodnant Garden National Trust
Winner - Nottingham City Council parks and open spaces team
Winner - Watford Parks Improvement Programme 2013-15, Watford Borough Council, Ground Control and Southern Green
Winner - Audley End, English Heritage
Winner - 50 Trees for 50 Soldiers, Hugglescote & Donington le Heath Heritage Society in conjunction with Hugglescote & Donington le Heath Parish Council
Winner - Chiswick House & Gardens Trust with Gavin Jones
Winner - Fife Council
Winner - Leighton-Linslade Town Council