Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2017: Two weeks to go to early bird entry deadline!

Horticulture Week has announced the launch of the 2017 Horticulture Week Custodian Awards, recognising and celebrating the achievements of parks, gardens, grounds and tree management professionals.

The awards provide an exceptional opportunity for in-house parks, gardens and tree management 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).

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. 

Have you and your in-house team achieved the seemingly impossible this year? Are you winning plaudits from your local community for the quality of what you do? Have you made a significant contribution to the success of a project? Have you found new ways to work with private and third-sector partners? If so, enter the awards to share with the world the exceptional care you are taking of our parks, gardens, grounds and trees, and ensure that you and your team get the recognition you deserve.

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 in June at a daytime reception to be hosted by HW.


All finalists and winners will receive a Press Kit/Media Pack, including: 

  •  Press release to use in marketing/communications activities.
  •  Finalist/Winner logo to include on all print and digital marketing/communications.

It will automatically be sent to your local newspaper on your behalf.


Visit www.CustodianAwards.com for full details of how to enter, entry fees, and a direct link to the entry system. 



Parks Management Categories 

  • Best Urban Park Initiative 
  • Best National Park Initiative 
  • Best Sports Grounds Initiative 
  • Best Urban Parks Team 
  • Best National Parks Team  
  • Best Grounds Team 
  • Best Parks Restoration/Development Project 
  • Best Parks Partnership
  • Best Heritage Park 
  • Best Neighbourhood Park 
  • Best Grounds 

Gardens Management Categories

  • Best Gardens or Arboretum (1-5 staff) 
  • Best Gardens or Arboretum (6+ staff) 
  • Best Gardens or Arboretum Initiative 
  • Best Gardens or Arboretum Team 
  • Best Urban Street Tree Initiative 
  • Best Gardens Restoration/Development Project 

Tree Management Categories 

  • Best Amenity Woodland/Forest 
  • Best Tree Team 
  • Best Gardens Partnership 
  • Best Tree or Woodland Partnership 

General Categories 

  • Best Community/Volunteer Initiative  
  • Best Community-Health Initiative 
  • Best Environmental Initiative 
  • Best Visitor-Engagement Event 
  • Best Food-Growing Initiative 
  • Horticulture Week Custodian Award

Should you have any questions about the entry process, email Custodian Awards manager Emily Gough-Williams on emily.gough-williams@haymarket.com.  If you want advice on which categories are most appropriate to you, or putting your entry together, email Sarah Cosgrove at sarah.cosgrove@haymarket.com

Charity Partner 

Our charity partner for 2017 is horticulture industry charity Perennial. For information on the charity's work, please go to www.perennial.org.uk


For sponsorship enquiries, please contact Róisín Kennedy — call 020 8267 4953 or email roisin.kennedy@haymarket.com.

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