Horticulture Week Custodian Awards launched to celebrate best parks, gardens and tree management

The time has come for the custodians of the UK's parks, gardens, green spaces and urban woodlands to receive the recognition they deserve for the extraordinary job they do.

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Across the UK, countless managers in the parks, gardens and tree sectors have battled against the odds - whether from challenging budgets, changing climatic conditions or the growing skills shortage - to ensure that the communities they serve and future generations can continue to enjoy access to quality, life-enhancing green space.

Have you and your in-house parks, gardens or tree management team achieved the seemingly impossible this year? Are you winning plaudits from your 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, you should be entering the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards, which is inviting entries from today.

Celebrating excellence

The awards will celebrate the very best in the parks, gardens and tree-management sectors. So whether it is an exemplary project, a brilliant piece of team work, or a great idea that has made a real and lasting impact on your service or site this year, make sure that you and your team get the recognition you deserve by entering the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards.

Entries will be judged by a panel of independent specialists drawn from across the parks, gardens and tree management sectors, ensuring that the highest standards are met.

The winners of the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards will be announced in June at a special winners reception hosted by Horticulture Week.

All winning entries will be written up in full in a special report on the awards to be published in HW magazine and online at www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk. The achievements of shortlisted and highly commended entrants will also be featured at www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk. 

It's easy to enter

To help you have the best chance of success, we have made the process of entering as straightforward as possible.

As well as ensuring that you stand out among your peers, winning a Horticulture Week Custodian Award will help you to showcase your achievements, reward team effort and highlight to stakeholders the vital role you and your team play in protecting the future of our vital green spaces and facilities.

From everyone at Horticulture Week, good luck!


Parks management categories

Open to in-house local authority, trust and national parks management teams and in-house grounds management teams:

  • 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 or development
  • Best parks partnership

Gardens management categories

Open to in-house professional gardens teams managing arboreta, historic and botanic gardens, and private estates:

  • Best garden or arboretum initiative
  • Best gardens or arboretum team
  • Best gardens restoration or development
  • Best gardens partnership

Tree management categories

Open to in-house local authority, gardens, trust and national park tree management teams:

  • Best urban street tree initiative
  • Best amenity woodland/forest initiative
  • Best tree team
  • Best tree or woodland partnership

General categories

Open to all the above 

  • Best community/voluntary initiative 
  • Horticulture Week Custodian Award


The Early Bird deadline for entries to the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards is 21st April. To enter, you need to visit www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk/custodian-awards.

Should you have any questions about the awards, please contact Sarah Fournier at sarah.fournier@haymarket.com.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Aisha Roberts - call 020 8267 4952 or email aisha.roberts@haymarket.com.

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The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards are open to all professionals responsible for the management and development of parks, gardens and other green spaces. Find out more about how and why you should enter the 2019 Custodian Awards.

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