Finalists for the 2019 Horticulture Week Custodian Awards are revealed

Sculpture Gallery to host Custodian Awards ceremony
Sculpture Gallery to host Custodian Awards ceremony

Thirty outstanding organisations and professional teams from across the public, private and third sectors have been shortlisted for the 2019 Horticulture Week Custodian Awards which recognise the achievements of gardens, parks and tree management professionals.

The finalists include organisations that have been shortlisted for single and multiple awards - and include representative sites from national heritage and botanical organistions as well as independent gardens, local authority parks and tree teams, and specialist private and third sector orgnisations.

The shortlist in full includes: 

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Bournemouth Borough Council 
Bournemouth Parks Foundation x 2
Bournemouth Parks Tree Service
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council 
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council - Mary Stevens Park 
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council - Priory Park 
Eden Project 
English Heritage - Mount Grace Priory
Erewash Borough Council 
Greenbelt Group - Glenrothes Woodlands 
Historic Royal Palaces - Hampton Court Palace Gardens & Estate
Horniman Museum & Gardens 
Islington Council - Gillespie Park 
Islington Council - Milner Square
John Sheaff and Associates
Levitt Bernstein
National Trust - Hidcote Manor Garden 
National Trust - Saltram Gardens
Portmeirion Tree Trail 
PROPS - Treasure Island Trail
RBG Kew/Wakehurst - Winter Garden 
Sheffield City Council 
South Kesteven District Council - Wyndham Park
The Land Trust - Countess of Chester Country Park
Bedfordshire Head Gardeners Network 
Titsey Foundation - Titsey Place Gardens 
Transport For London Green Infrastructure Team 
University of Winchester

The winners of this year's scheme will be announced at a prestigious awards reception and presentation hosted by Horticulture Week at the fabulous Woburn Abbey House & Gardens Sculpture Gallery on the afternoon of 25th June.

The awards were judged this year by Landscape Consultant Peter Neal, Professional Gardeners Guild chair Tony Arnold, landscape management consultant Luke Sargent, The Gardens Trust's Peter Waine, parks consultant Sid Sullivan and the 2018 Horticulture Week Custodian Award winner, estates manager, Howletts Wild Animal Park, David Sutton. 

Commenting on this year's entries, Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe said: "A huge thank you to everyone who entered the 2019 Horticulture Week Custodian Awards - the quality of entries was outstanding this year making our judges' task to choose the finalists and winners tougher than ever.

"With finalists ranging from national heritage organisations to local authorities and independent gardens, this year's contest promises to showcase the very best in professional practice across every corner of this vital industry." 

The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2019 charity partner is industry charity Perennial and our media partners are: The Professional Gardeners Guild, Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Gardens Trust, the PGCA, The Parks Alliance. Also partnering this year's event are Horticulture Jobs and Wonderful Workplaces.

Parks & Gardens Live 2019

The HW Custodian Awards presentation will once again be co-located with the Parks & Gardens Live showcase event at Woburn Abbey House & Gardens on 25 June.  

Parks & Gardens Live, which is free to attend, is curated by HW's Sally Drury, and will offer parks and gardens practitioners the opportunity to learn about the latest products and kit through a product showcase and live kit demonstrations.

They will also benefit from workshops led by leading experts in the field, including master gardener and HW columnist Alan Sargent, who will be leading an informative workshop on contrating out services with advice on how to weigh up the pros and cons. Joining him this year with advice for parks and gardens managers on how to make a successful application for grant funding for their projects from the National Heritage Lottery Fund will be head of landscape for the Fund, Drew Bennellick.

Expert careers advice and recruitment tips for managers - will also be available from members of the Horticulture Jobs and Wonderful Workplaces teams who will be running an advice hub throughout Parks & Gardens Live, while product tours will be conducted by Sally Drury to help attendees learn about the latest product and kit solutions on show from exhibitors.

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