Perennial to partner Horticulture Week Custodian Awards for garden, parks and tree managers

Industry charity Perennial is to become a partner to Horticulture Week's new Custodian Awards, which seek to recognise excellence in parks, gardens and tree management across the UK.

The inaugural Awards aim to celebrate and reward those who have worked tirelessly to ensure we can all continue to enjoy access to quality, life-enhancing green spaces - whether local authority parks management teams, gardens managers, tree management teams or woodland managers.

Perennial offers free, confidential advice, help and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons.

Many describe Perennial's services simply as a 'lifeline'. The work of the charity depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and the garden-loving public.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "Perennial is thrilled to be working in partnership with Horticulture Week on a number of intiatives this year. As the only charity supporting all those working in horticulture across the UK, and regular champions of the unsung heroes of the horticulture industry, we are well-placed to support the awards and help raise the profile of those who work tirelessly to keep the UK's parks, public access gardens, green spaces and urban woodlands looking fabulous."

Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe said: "We are honoured to have industry charity Perennial join us as our partner for the Custodian Awards. Perennial is a true industry champion providing effective and practical help to those in need."

The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards' 18 award categories cover everything from national and urban parks and street trees, to public and private gardens, woodlands, sports grounds and estates.

The prestigious Horticulture Week Custodian Award will go to the individual who has made the most exceptional contribution to the management of parks, gardens or tree schemes, as nominated by their peers.

Entries will be judged by a panel of independent specialists drawn from across the parks, gardens and tree care sectors. The winners will be announced in June at a special reception hosted by Horticulture Week.

The early bird deadline for entries is 21 April. For full details of the awards and instructions and tips on how to enter, go to www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk/custodian-awards.


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