Stars of parks and gardens world revealed as Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2019 winners announced

Fifteen outstanding parks, gardens and tree teams have scooped awards at the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2019 presentation.

Best Garden Restoration - Mount Grace Priory, English Heritage
Best Garden Restoration - Mount Grace Priory, English Heritage

Held at Woburn Abbey Sculpture Gallery, shortlisted teams from across the UK came together for the presentation of this year's outstanding winners. 

The event saw awards presented by Kate Lowe, editor of Horticulture Week, to a diverse group of winners ranging from the gardening teams at National Trust's Hidcote Manor Garden and English Heritage's Mount Grace Priory, to tree and parks teams at Bournemouth and Sheffield City Councils respectively. 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission director of horticulture David Richardson won the prestigious Horticulture Week Custodian Award.  Richardson is responsible for the commission’s worldwide delivery of the highest standards of amenity horticulture in every continent other than Antarctica, in some of the most challenging climatic zones - and always under the scrutiny of a global audience.  

Dudley Metropolitan Borough scooped two awards for best heritage park (Priory Park) and best parks restoration (St Mary Stevens Park) at the event - while garden team of the year went to Historic Royal Palaces' Hampton Court Palace gardens and estates team. 

The awards were judged this year by Landscape Consultant Peter Neal, Professional Gardeners Guild chair Tony Arnold, landscape management consultant Luke Sargent, The Gardens Trust's Peter Waine, parks consultant Dr Sid Sullivan and the 2018 Horticulture Week Custodian Award winner, estates manager, Howletts Wild Animal Park, David Sutton. 

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

High Commendations in Full

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Wakehurst Winter Garden
  • Bournemouth Parks Foundation and Bournemouth City Council
  • Titsey Foundation
  • Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (St Mary Stevens Park)
  • South Kesteven Council (Wyndham Park)
  • National Trust Saltram Gardens 

The Shortlist in Full  

  • Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden
  • Bournemouth Borough Council 
  • Bournemouth Parks Foundation x 2
  • Bournemouth Parks Tree Service
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council 
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council - Mary Stevens Park 
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council - Priory Park 
  • Eden Project 
  • English Heritage - Mount Grace Priory
  • Erewash Borough Council 
  • Greenbelt Group - Glenrothes Woodlands 
  • Historic Royal Palaces - Hampton Court Palace Gardens & Estate
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens 
  • Islington Council - Gillespie Park 
  • Islington Council - Milner Square
  • John Sheaff and Associates
  • Levitt Bernstein
  • National Trust - Hidcote Manor Garden 
  • National Trust - Saltram Gardens
  • Portmeirion Tree Trail 
  • PROPS - Treasure Island Trail
  • RBG Kew/Wakehurst - Winter Garden 
  • Sheffield City Council 
  • South Kesteven District Council - Wyndham Park
  • The Land Trust - Countess of Chester Country Park
  • Bedfordshire Head Gardeners Network 
  • Titsey Foundation - Titsey Place Gardens 
    Transport For London Green Infrastructure Team 
  • University of Winchester

Commenting on this year's entries, Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe said: "A huge thank you to everyone who entered the 2019 Horticulture Week Custodian Awards for your hard work compiling 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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