Winners 2019

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Tourism

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens has its origins from the walled garden which started life back in 1765 . It has evolved through the passage of time and neglect to become one of the best private woody plants collections in the country. It is a landscape developed and managed over many decades to help preserve this historic garden yet it has been over...

Bournemouth Parks Tree Service

Bournemouth Borough Council

Bournemouth, perhaps more than any other town, owes its inception and development to its trees.

The above quote is only one of many alluding to the treed landscape that is Bournemouth’s landscape history. Although rightly famous for its Pines that helped to grow the town as a health resort its tree cover included many species and b...

Mary Stevens Park HLF Project

Dudley MBC

Recognising the importance of sustaining and enhancing Mary Stevens Park as a valuable historic and community space, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council submitted a Stage 1 Parks for People application in August 2010, successfully achieving a Stage 2 grant award in December 2013. The £3.1 million restoration project took place between...

Priory Park

Dudley MBC

Priory Park is Dudley’s premier historic park, holding a range of designations. All of Priory Park has been designated as a Grade II Park and Garden of Special Historic Interest. The mosaic of different features culminates in a small site that is full of character and interest. 

The parks heritage dates back to the 12th century...

Nature's Way

Eden Project

At the Eden Project we are keen to utilise our site in Cornwall to respond to our local communities increasing social and lifestyle related healthcare needs. Based on our experience of supporting groups and individuals to engage with nature and our increasing knowledge about the fundamental contribution that nature can make to our happiness and wel...

Greenbelt and the Glenrothes Woodlands

Greenbelt Group

Greenbelt has managed the 213-hectare Glenrothes Woodlands site under an agreed lease with a major international conservation charity since 2002, enjoying significant positive engagement with several local charities, conscientious horticultural bodies and local schools/nurseries, always seeking to drive an interest in sustainable hortic...

Hampton Court Palace gardens and estate

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palace’s Gardens and Estates team manage the designed formal gardens around Hampton Court Palace, which are part of this scheduled ancient monument, and Home Park, a natural landscape with Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status. The team are exemplars in adopting horticultural and environmental best pract...

Grasslands Garden

Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Grasslands Garden at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, south London celebrates globally threatened landscapes and highlights the beauty of grasses and their plant communities. Created in partnership with designer James Hitchmough and plantsman Neil Lucas, the garden combines naturalistic prairie and grassland central plant...

Gillespie Park

Islington Council

At 2.8 hectares, Gillespie Park is Islington’s largest nature reserve. The park represents a hugely important natural green space for both people and wildlife, not least because Islington is such a heavily built up borough that has less green space per person than any other local authority area. Gillespie Park has been evaluated as a ...

London Borough of Croydon Natural Capital Account

Jon Sheaff and Associates

This project has developed a natural capital account for the London Borough of Croydon, supporting a strategic approach to the management of health outcomes delivered by the council’s green infrastructure assets. 


The strategy assesses the quality of the borough’s 128 green spaces against PPG17 and Green Flag crite...

Hidcote Manor Garden

National Trust

With a relatively new garden team led by a new Head Gardener the last two years have seen horticultural maintenance and presentation standards rise and flourish. This spectacular 20th Century garden, one of the Jewels in the National Trust's care, provides joy and inspiration to thousands of visitors each year.

The Restoration of Saltram Gardens

National Trust

Saltram is a 25 Acre historic garden on the edge of Plymouth. It is a rare thing in The National Trust, a garden that is predominantly visited by locals. We are seeing dramatic increases in visitor numbers:

-  65,309 visitors in 2013/14

- 199,630 visitors in 2017/18.

We are three and a half years into a restoration...

Public Health Funding in Sheffield's Parks and Countryside

Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council’s Parks and Countryside Service has been awarded £1.2m Public Health funding, £400,000 allocated each year from 2018 – 2020. The aim of the funding is to deliver improvements to parks and open spaces that will increase health and wellbeing outcomes for people in areas of Sheffield that have hig...

University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is situated within the historic city of the same name, what was once the capitol of the kingdom of Wessex. Covering approximately 13 hectares (32 acres) in total, the University is comprised of three campuses; two of which consist of academic facilities and student accommodation, with the third being a sport...

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Tourism

Bournemouth Parks Foundation and Bournemouth Borough Council

Bournemouth Parks Foundation

Bournemouth Parks Foundation (BPF) was founded in 2015 through an application from Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC) to NESTA’s Rethinking Parks Programme. The Rethinking Parks programme pioneered innovations that focused on testing new business models that would enable our parks to thrive for the next century. Through collaboration with...

Growing in the Park

Dudley MBC

Dudley Council have been working with Dudley Mind (a mental health charity) on using horticulture to engage with those who are struggling, and providing opportunities for health improvement. Two problems have been tackled in a creative partnership: halting the decline of an historic garden and reaching people with a new mental health service. A...

Mary Stevens Park HLF Project

Dudley MBC

Recognising the importance of sustaining and enhancing Mary Stevens Park as a valuable historic and community space, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council submitted a Stage 1 Parks for People application in August 2010, successfully achieving a Stage 2 grant award in December 2013. The £3.1 million restoration project took place between...

Mount Grace Priory New arts and crafts garden

English Heritage

Mount Grace is the best preserved Carthusian priory in England, and the restoration of the gardens includes both an Arts and Crafts Terrace and water garden once owned by the Bell family and a unique reconstruction of a C.14th Monks Cells Garden.

The Arts and Crafts manor, once owned by the Bell Family, has had its gardens recently r...

The New Winter Garden at Wakehurst

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Wakehurst

The Winter Garden at Wakehurst has been totally transformed into a world of colour and fragrance – perfectly designed to be set off by a wintery landscape - with shimmering bark, soft foliage and rich scents.

In early 2018 staff and volunteers redesigned and replanted a garden that had been in situ for 30 years. They weaved together 33...

Wyndham Park, Grantham

South Kesteven District Council

"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow" - a phrase underpinning the nomination of our Wyndham Park improvement project, which exemplifies an aspiration to refurbish the town's memorial park and recapture community interest.

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, during 2018 we completed a £700,000 refurbishment project...

Titsey Place Gardens

Titsey Foundation

Titsey Place Gardens cover 15 acres, with a restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, formal gardens, and lakes. All are laid out to illustrate Victorian gardening techniques

Bournemouth Parks Foundation

Bournemouth Parks Foundation (BPF) is an independent charity devoted to enhancing Bournemouth's parks and green spaces through community programmes, fundraising, raising awareness and developing strategies for parks in the 21st century. We work alongside our local authority to help raise the much-needed funds for improvements and enhanc...

Parks in Mind

Bournemouth Parks Foundation

Parks in Mind is a wellbeing initiative that provides free and fun volunteering opportunities across city centre parks in Bournemouth. Jointly developed by Public Health Dorset, Bournemouth Borough Council and Bournemouth Parks Foundation, Parks in Mind uses nature to promote physical and mental health and reduce social isolation, whils...

Victoria Park Wellbeing in the Park

Erewash Borough Council

A fantastic initiative with well-being in mind. A regular programme of free activities designed to get people connecting, learning and being more active.

Milner Square redevelopment

Islington Council

The project to improve Milner Square began in October 2015. The square did not appear to be somewhere people would go to ‘sit and relax’ and those with small children who did visit, tended not to stay for any length of time due to the limited play opportunities on offer.


The Parks Service appointed LDA Design in Februar...

Aberfeldy New Village

Levitt Bernstein

The transformation of the Aberfeldy Estate, set within a tight urban context in east London, provides new homes amongst a structure of new green spaces and a sustainable drainage strategy.


A new linear park sits at the heart of the neighbourhood, with open lawns and varied play spaces, lined with clear-stem trees and se...

Portmeirion Tree Trail

Portmeirion Ltd

The Portmeirion Tree Trail has been developed to celebrate the impressive collection of trees and plants at Portmeirion. The Tree Trail is a series of three coloured routes designed to enable visitors to discover over 80 trees in the Portmeirion woodlands including 57 Champion Trees. This unique trail takes visitors around the village of Portmeirio...

PROPS maintain the Treasure Island Trail


PROPS is a Bristol-based charity supporting adults with learning disabilities to achieve their full potential in our community. PROPS have a long standing partnership with the Long John Silver Trust, a local charity which has partnered with us so that our trainees can maintain the barrels in the Treasure Island Trail. The trail is an accessible...

Countess of Chester Country Park 'Health for Life'

The Land Trust

Our Health for Life project at Countess of Chester Country Park saw 700 different health activities organised and measured participants physical and mental health at the end of an 8-12 week programme.

Bedfordshire Head Gardeners Network

Bedfordshire Gardens Trust

The Bedfordshire Head Gardeners Network is a Bedfordshire Gardens Trust initiative bringing together gardeners across the county on a regular basis to offer a collaborative approach to caring for Bedfordshire’s green spaces. The overall objective is to provide a supportive forum to share experiences, ideas and challenges which affect the ...

TfL Green Infrastructure Team

Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) is the integrated transport authority responsible for meeting the Mayor of London’s strategy and commitments relating to transport in London. TfL runs the day to day operation of the Capital’s public transport network and manages London’s main roads. TfL has responsibility for more than 23,000 street...

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