The awards, now in their second year, recognise and celebrate the achievements of parks, gardens, grounds and tree management professionals, providing an exceptional opportunity for in-house teams to showcase achievements, innovation and developments to stakeholders and visitors alike — and reward teams for their work throughout the year.
They can be used as a powerful tool to support objectives, whether through raising the profile of a key project or simply encouraging success.
In the second year of the awards potential entrants have even more categories from which to chose. In addition to highlighting the best teams, projects, and innovations, we have added awards for Best Heritage Park, Best Neighbourhood Park, Best Grounds and awards for Best Gardens or Arboretum (one-to-five and six-plus staff).
The Landscape Institute and the Professional Gardeners Guild have both thrown their weight behind the awards.
Landscape Institute president Merrick Denton-Thompson said: "The people who are managing our parks and open spaces are great unsung heroes and they very rarely get any recognition for the outstanding work they do in providing a vital resource that secures the health and safety of our communities."
While PGG chairman Tony Arnold said launching an awards scheme for gardens, grounds, parks and tree care professionals was long overdue.
"I think it shows an appreciation and respect for the people who look after and manage gardens and parks and so on. It shows an appreciation for what they do and it values the importance of them.
"Winning an award is hugely motivating for the team that wins. They are motivated by the fact that they are recognised and they have been appreciated by other people from that sector. The judging panel were all senior gardeners or horticulturalists from the industry, they are your peers, and it’s an appreciation so it’s highly motivating.
"The people at the Custodian Awards last year were absolutely thrilled to bits, they all said what a great thing it was to have."
Entries will be judged by a panel of independent specialists drawn from across the parks, gardens, grounds and tree management sectors, ensuring that the highest standards are met. The winners will be announced at a special gala on 28 June at Woburn Abbey, hosted by Horticulture Week.
We will publish a special awards report detailing all the winners’ projects and finalists in print and online at www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk reaching an audience of more than 100,000 visitors per month — and share the good news with our 29,000 Twitter followers as well as other social media outlets.
For questions about the entry process, email Custodian Awards manager Emily Gough-Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org and for advice on which categories are most appropriate to you, or putting your entry together, email Sarah Cosgrove at email@example.com
For sponsorship enquiries, please contact Róisín Kennedy — call 020 8267 4953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.