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Welcome to the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2017, celebrating the best of parks & gardens management. These awards give 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 efforts and highlight to stakeholders the vital role they play.

Entries for the 2017 Custodian Awards scheme are now closed and entries have been judged.  Thank you to everyone who entered this year – and congratulations to all our brilliant winners, highly commended and finalists.

The winners were presented with their awards at a special reception hosted by Horticulture Week on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at the beautiful Woburn Abbey House & Gardens Sculpture Gallery. Thank you to everyone who attended this year – and congratulations to all our brilliant winners, highly commended and finalists.


Welcome to Parks & Gardens Live 2017, a unique event that offered head gardeners and their teams, parks professionals and landscape maintenance teams a day of practical learning, mentoring, inspiration, knowledge sharing and networking.

The event was curated by Horticulture Week technical editor Sally Drury. The day included kit demonstrations, expert-led workshops, product showcase, careers and technical advice hub and head gardener-led tours of the gardens – all tailored to the needs of parks, gardens and landscape maintenance professionals. 

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We are delighted to have been chosen to host the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards this year. The setting within 28 acres of Woburn Abbey Gardens couldn't be more fitting for these prestigious awards."

Martin Towsey, Estates Gardens Manager,Woburn Abbey

The Horticulture Week Custodian Awards are a great way to recognise and celebrate achievement amongst passionate and talented teams creating and maintaining spectacular gardens.

We are proud to have been awarded with a High Commendation in 2016 and look forward to next year’s awards where we hope to achieve a higher position.

Head Gardener, Hilary Wood- Blenheim Palace

Custodian Awards + Parks & Gardens Live 2017

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