Winners 2017

Parks and Grounds Management Categories

Nene Park Trust

Nene Park is a 697-hectare park that serves the city of Peterborough. The park is a legacy of the vision of the original Peterborough New Town Commission and was established under the 1971 Greater Peterborough Masterplan.
The vision was then - as it is now in 2017 - to have a fabulous and beautiful parkland serving the community of Peterborough...

Highly Commended: Glasgow City Council - Tollcross Rose Trials

Finalist: Westway Trust

Finalist: The Land Trust - Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

London Borough of Islington

Islington Parks Service has five key objectives – to provide safe & welcoming parks, improve grounds maintenance, provide opportunities for work experience and training, deliver and increase income to offset savings, and engage diverse communities to improve health and wellbeing.
The team’s achievements in the area ...

Finalist: Leighton-Linslade Town Council

Croome Parkland National Trust - Restoration

Croome, a National Trust house and parkland in south Worcestershire, was Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's first large scale commission. His patron, the 6th Earl of Coventry, wanted his newly inherited house and estate redesigned to reflect his fashionable, refined taste. 

Brown created a "natural" land...

Finalist: Cassiobury Park - Watford Borough Council

Finalist: Hardwick Hall National Trust Duck Decoy and Icehouse restoration

Finalist: Levitt Bernstein - Wormholt Park

Watford Borough Council & Veolia Partnership

In 2013, Watford Borough Council outsourced its frontline services which consisted of Waste and Recycling; Street Cleansing; and Parks & Open Spaces. The decision was not taken lightly as all three service areas were high performing with high satisfaction rates, yet the council was in a position where it needed savings and efficiencies....

Finalist: Arun District Council & ISS Partnership

CWGC - Thiepval

The Thiepval Memorial, designed by sir Edwin Lutyens and commemorating more than 70,000 names of the missing from the Battle of the Somme, was centre stage in 2016 during the Centenary commemorations for the Battle of the Somme.

The Memorial, a huge monumental brick and Portland stone arch visible from all over the region, wa...

Finalist: National Trust - Croome

Finalist: Glasgow City Council - Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Finalist: Arlington Square

The Land Trust & Partners Northumberlandia

The concept for Northumberlandia - a unique piece of landscape art, set in a 19 hectare park - came in 2004 when Blagdon Estate and Banks Group began mining coal and fire clay on farmland near Cramlington. Both recognised the opportunity to create a unique place for the community to enjoy for generations to come, and dedicated 19 hectares f...

Highly Commended: Scottish Councils & Greenspace Scotland Park Managers' Forum

Highly Commended: London Borough of Islington & The Garden Classroom

Finalist: Glasgow City Council & Partners Seven Lochs Wetland Park

Gardens Management Categories

Batsford Arboretum

Established in 1886, Batsford Arboretum covers 60 acres and contains approximately 3,000 trees and shrubs including several that are endangered in their natural habitat. 
It contains ten champion trees, the National Collection of Japanese flowering cherries and several Red Data species. Over 65,000 people a year visit ...

Finalist: St Aubyn Estates

Woburn Abbey Gardens Team

Woburn Abbey’s 15-strong gardens team delivers horticultural excellence across six Woburn business areas as well as the private estates of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford. 
Led by estates gardens manager Martin Towsey, the team maintains a total of 496 acres including Woburn Abbey and Gardens where an on-going restoration of the Hum...

Finalist: English Heritage - Osborne Garden Team

National Trust - Bodnant Garden

The Bath is an ornamental pool dating back to the Victorian period and which lies just below the formal front lawn of Bodnant Hall on the Bodnant Estate in North Wales. 
Tucked away behind high sheltering walls and hedges, it was created by Henry Pochin who founded Bodnant Garden when he bought the estate in 1874, and laid out the upp...

Finalist: National Trust - Quarry Bank

Finalist: Compton Verney House Trust

English Heritage - Walmer Castle Gardens

Walmer Castle Gardens is maintained by a team of five gardeners and up to 25 volunteers with some additional support from outside contractors.

For the past three years, driving up visitor numbers through higher horticultural standards has been the number one goal informing the management and upkeep of Walmer Castle Gardens, part of the h...

Finalist: RBG Edinburgh - Dawyck Botanic Garden

Finalist: National Trust - Emmetts Garden

Trentham Gardens

Having fallen into severe neglect, Trentham's revival commenced in 2004 with the major restoration of the site’s architectural bones, paths, sculpture, and more. 

While the strong and experienced in-house team tasked with the revival were guided by a thorough knowledge of the garden and estate’s historical si...

Highly Commended: English Heritage - Brodsworth Hall

Finalist: RBG Edinburgh - Logan Botanic Garden

Tree Care Categories

iCo Green

At a time where many local councils are dealing with service cuts, Islington Councils' Tree Service has developed a model that has enabled it to make the required savings while increasing the size of its team and continuing to provide a high level service to its residents. 

This has been achieved by setting up a trading arm, exp...

RBG Edinburgh - Benmore Botanic Garden

Benmore’s five-strong arbor team is responsible for the care of a tree collection dating back to the 1820s with the planting of Scottish provenance Scots Pine.  The collection also includes majestic Sequoiadendron planted in 1863 and which today stand 165ft high – plus Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Grand Fir, Noble Fi...

General Categories

Woodland Trust - Observatree

The Observatree project was launched to create a tree health early warning system for tree pests and diseases using citizen science.  Its volunteer network is made up of over 200 tree health surveyors tasked with surveying trees and woods for signs of pest and disease and assisting in the verification of tree health reports submitted by member...

Finalist: Woburn Abbey

Finalist: English Heritage - Audley End

Finalist: National Trust - Hardwick Hall

Finalist: Bodnant Garden National Trust

The Land Trust - Countess of Chester Country Park

Owned by national land management charity the Land Trust, and maintained by The Conservation Volunteers, the Countess of Chester Country Park covers 19 hectares of green, open space, wetlands and forest.
Located next to the Countess of Chester Health Park, close to residential areas and a two-mile walk from the city centre,...

Highly Commended: Horatio's Garden

National Trust - Brown at Work

Funded by Arts Council England and supported by the Landscape Institute & CB300 celebrations, Brown at Work was an extremely successful project and contributed to Croome massive rise in visitors from 198,000 in 2015 to 273,000 in 2016.

Although it looks completely natural, the picturesque landscape at Croome which is sit...

Finalist: CWGC - The Thiepval Memorial Somme 100 Event

RBG Edinburgh - Edible Garden

Since its launch in 2011 with the support of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Edible Gardening Project at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh has had over 35,000 interactions with participants. 

Four part-time staff supported by 30 volunteers deliver workshops and advice sessions, both in the garden and off-site at l...

Highly Commended: National Trust - Chartwell Kitchen Garden

Finalist: The Aspinall Foundation - Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks

Martin Towsey, Woburn Abbey

Martin Towsey, estates gardens manager at The Bedford Estates, has made an outstanding contribution to horticulture during his 33-years working in the profession – a career which began with an apprenticeship and culminated in the restoration and recreation of Humphry Repton’s original plans for the gardens at Woburn Abbey. ...


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