Horticulture week – Custodian of the year awards



Gardens, parks and tree management stars sought as Custodian Awards 2018 opens for entries

Entries are open for the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2018 – the leading industry Awards scheme supporting, encouraging and broadcasting excellence in the professional management of the UK’s gardens, parks, grounds and trees.

Horticulture Week is delighted to welcome the Professional Garden Consultants Association as partner for the Custodian Awards which seek to ensure the outstanding achievements of the UK’s gardens, parks and tree professionals are recognised by customers, clients and stakeholders.

Management achievement is honoured in the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards, with categories celebrating outstanding work across all areas of activity including restoration and redevelopment, on-going management and maintenance, partnership working, volunteer and community engagement, and more.  And don’t forget as a member of the PGCA, you are entitled to a 10% discount on the entry fee


Why enter the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards?

  • Winning a prestigious HW Custodian Award provides you with a powerful selling point for your garden, parks, estate or organisation (winner and finalist logos supplied), helping you to market to potential visitors.
  • Just entering the awards earns you industry recognition for your teams and volunteers, providing you with a powerful staff-motivational tool.
  • As a winner you will receive year-round opportunities for your achievements to be promoted on Horticulture Week’s print and digital platforms, enabling you to highlight your achievements to customers, stakeholders, partners and peers.
  • Winners gain a permanent place in Horticulture Week’s Custodian Gallery, ensuring lasting recognition for your, and your team’s, achievements.
  • Gain the opportunity to take part in the leading national awards event for the UK parks and gardens industry, where you cannetwork with leaders in your industry.


Gardens management categories

  • Best gardens or arboretum initiative
  • Best gardens or arboretum team
  • Best gardens restoration/development project
  • Best gardens partnership
  • Best gardens or arboretum (1-5 staff)
  • Best gardens or arboretum (6+ staff)


Parks and grounds management

  • Best urban park initiative
  • Best urban parks team
  • Best parks restoration/development project
  • Best parks partnership – commercial
  • Best parks partnership – third sector
  • Best heritage park
  • Best neighbourhood park
  • Best grounds


Tree care categories

  • Best urban tree initiative
  • Best tree team
  • Best tree or woodland partnership


General categories

  • Best volunteer initiative
  • Best community initiative
  • Best environmental initiative
  • Best visitor initiative
  • Horticulture Week Custodian Award


Early Bird Deadline

The Early Bird Deadline for the Custodian Awards is 22nd February 2018.  For full details of how to enter please go to:   www.horticultureweeklive.com/custodianawards


Awards Reception & Presentation

Winners will be presented once again at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire on Wednesday 27th June at a prestigious afternoon Awards Reception & Presentation.


Parks & Gardens Live 2018

The Custodian Awards Reception & Presentation will once again be co-located with Parks & Gardens Live, a show launched last year which provides professional gardeners, parks managers and landscape maintenance teams with an exciting mix of practical learning, mentoring, inspiration, knowledge sharing and networking – all curated by the UK’s leading kit expert and HW technical editor, Sally Drury. Highlights of the day include product showcase tours and professional kit demonstrations led by Drury, while inspirational expert advisers and practitioners lead must-attend workshops.


Charity Partner

Thank you to industry charity Perennial for becoming our charity partner for the Custodian Awards and Parks & Gardens Live in 2018.