Outstanding winners of the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2018 Revealed

Nineteen outstanding parks, gardens and tree teams have scooped awards at the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2018 presentation.

Held at the stunning Woburn Abbey Sculpture Gallery yesterday afternoon, award-winning teams stretching across the UK came together for a joyful celebration and presentation. 

The event saw awards presented by Mark Camley, executive director, parks and events, of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to a diverse group of winners ranging from the gardening teams at Trentham Gardens and Brobury House to the parks team at Mid and East Borough Council and the teams working in partnership at Glendale and Lewisham Council.  

Estate Manager, Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks Estates David Sutton won the prestigious Horticulture Week Custodian Award for his work over the past 14 years that has transformed the perception of the value that horticulture can bring not only to a visitor attraction and family estate, but also to the animal world, through zoo pharmacognosy.

Both Trentham Gardens and The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes scooped two awards at the event and master gardener Alan Sargent received a special award marking 50 years' contribution to the industry. 

The awards were judged by independent panel of judges including Tony Arnold, Professional Gardeners Guild, Sally Drury, Horticulture Week, Martin Towsey, Bedford Estates, Alan Sargent, Margie Hoffnung, The Gardens Trust, Sid Sullivan and Laura Garnett, Perennial. 

Perennial was this year's charity partner for the event which was co-located with Parks & Gardens Live. 

Full write-ups of all winning projects can be found here and via the links below - and will also be published in the August print edition of Horticulture Week magazine. 

Winners in Full

Horticulture Week Custodian Award 2018

Winner - David Sutton, Estate Manager, Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best urban tree initiative

Winner - Nene Park Trust

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Parks Partnership - Commercial

Winner - Glendale Lewisham Partnership

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Neighbourhood Park

Winner - Starbank Park, Edinburgh

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Parks Partnership, Third Sector

Winner - Living Wandle Landscape Partnership with The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Gardens or Arboretum Team

Winner - Trentham Gardens & Estate Team, St. Modwen

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Visitor Initiative

Winner - The Parks Trust's Linear Parks Events Programme

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Gardens Restoration/Development Project

Winner - Furnace Wood and Meadow, Bodnant Garden National Trust

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Heritage Park

Winner - Victoria Park, Erewash Borough Council

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Urban Parks Team

Winner - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Grounds

Winner - Nurture Landsapes & Cranfield University

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Volunteer Initiative

Winner - The Parks Trust's Volunteer Strategy

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Tree or Woodland Partnership

Winner - The Conservation Volunteers & OVO Energy

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Gardens or Arboretum team

Winner - Trentham Gardens & Estate Team, St. Modwen

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Gardens or Arboretum Initiative

Winner - Burkes Wood and Lakeside Meadows, Trentham Gardens, St Modwen

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Community initiative

Winner - Walmer Castle, English Heritage & Deal-With-It for Deal Community Hop Farm

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Gardens or Arboretum (1-5 staff)

Winner - Brobury House Gardens

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Best Gardens or Arboretum (+6 Staff)

Winner - West Dean Gardens

Horticulture Week Custodian Award - Special Award for Contribution to Industry 

Winner - Alan Sargent

High Commendations in Full

THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION GLOBAL GARDENERS
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

SHAKESPEARE'S NEW PLACE
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

LOWER TERRACE RESTORATION
English Heritage

OSBORNE GARDEN TEAM
English Heritage

BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

THE PARKS TRUST'S YOUTH EXPLORERS
The Parks Trust

GREEN TALENT
City of London Corporation - Open Spaces Department

The Shortlist in Full  

  • Antrim Castle Gardens
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Nene Park 
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens shortlisted twice
  • Brobury House and Gardens
  • City of Edinburgh
  • City of London Corporation - Open Spaces Department
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission 
  • Enable Leisure & Culture - Battersea Park
  • English Heritage - Deal Community Hop Farm
  • English Heritage Osborne Garden shortlisted twice
  • English Heritage Brodsworth Hall shortlisted twice 
  • Erewash Borough Council
  • Glendale Lewisham Partnership
  • HM Gardens Limekiln Place
  • Lady Penelope Gardens King Edward VII Estate
  • Logan Botanic Garden
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council - shortlisted three times
  • Harting School National Trust
  • Mount Stewart Gardens National Trust
  • Croome National Trust
  • Bodnant Garden National Trust
  • Nurture Landscapes - Cranfield University 
  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall 
  • Shakespeare's New Place - Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • The Alnwick Garden
  • Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park 
  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • The Parks Trust Milton Keynes - shortlisted four times 
  • Penllergare Valley Woods
  • Trentham Gardens St. Modwen - shortlisted four times 
  • The Wandle Valley Regional Park 
  • Watford Borough Council - shortlisted five times
  • West Dean Gardens
  • Westway Trust

Commenting on this year's entries, Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe said: "A huge thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 Horticulture Week Custodian Awards for your hard work comiling your entries - and many congratulations to our winners, high commendations and finalists.

"The quality of our entries was outstanding this year and proves that our parks and gardens are simply brimming with talent and achievement - a message these awards will highlight to key stakeholders. Our judges' task to choose the finalists and winners was tougher than ever and thanks are due to the panel for their efforts to ensure all received a thorough hearing."

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