Horticulture Week recognises keepers of parks, gardens and woods

New award to celebrate green-space custodians

Entries are invited for the founding ‘Horticulture Week Custodian Awards’, a new initiative that will acknowledge the achievements of those working in park, garden and woodland management.

In the park management section, open to local authority, trust and national parks and grounds-care teams, the categories are: best urban park initiative, best national park initiative, best sports grounds initiative; best parks restoration/development project; best parks partnership.

Gardens teams running arboreta, historic and botanic gardens, and private estates can enter for best gardenor arboretum initiative, best garden or arboretum team, best gardens restoration/development project, and best gardens partnership.

Meanwhile, the tree care category, open to local authority tree-care personnel, arboriculture and utility arboriculture contractors, and woodland and forestry owners and contractors, covers: best urban street tree initiative, best amenity woodland/forest initiative, best tree team, and best tree or woodland partnership.

There will also be prizes for the best community/volunteer initiative and the Horticulture Week Custodian Award for ‘the individual who has made the most exceptional contribution to the management of parks, gardens or a tree scheme. Work should have been carried out or completed between 1 November 2014 and 30 April 2016.

According to the organisers: ‘The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards celebrate the best of parks, gardens and tree management, giving in-house gardens and green space managers working to ensure the best possible future for all kinds of green spaces, the chance to showcase their achievements, reward team effort and highlight to stakeholders the vital role they play.

‘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.’

How to enter
Entry costs £45+VAT, with a special early-bird rate of £35+VAT for entries submitted before 19 April. The closing date for entries is 26 April, and winners will be announced at a reception in June, as well as being published in a special edition of the magazine and on its website. Read the full details of how to enter.

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