Winners 2018

Parks and Grounds Management Categories

WINNER: Forward thinking Parks and Open Spaces

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Mid and East Antrim, one of eleven Northern Ireland ‘super councils’ formed in April 2015, has quickly established a reputation as an award winning Borough largely due to the work of the 120-strong Parks and Open Spaces team.

The Parks and Open Spaces service manages over 300 sites including premier parks, play parks,...

Finalist: The Parks Trust

The Parks Trust

Finalist: Watford Borough Council

WINNER: Cassiobury Park Restoration

Watford Borough Council

Aims & Objectives 
In 2011, Watford Council submitted a pre-application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the proposed restoration of Cassiobury Park in Watford. One of the country’s most popular parks with over 2.15 million visits a year, the park was once the last vestiges of the ancient seat of the Earls of Essex and the f...

Finalist: The Promontory Garden, Battersea Park

Agency: Enable Leisure & Culture

Finalist: Westway Trust

Finalist: Harwoods Rec Adventurous Playground

Watford Borough Council

WINNER: Glendale Lewisham Partnership

Glendale and Lewisham Council

In the past 18 months Glendale and Lewisham Council aimed to provide safe, well-maintained, attractive parks for the benefit of all users by improving the environmental quality and sustainable practices in use. Both also aimed to increase community interaction by facilitating at least 160 events, growing sports participation, increa...

WINNER: Victoria Park Ilkeston

Erewash Borough Council

Victoria Park is an early example of land reclamation. Originally the site of old ironstone workings and coal mines, in 1896 the Duke of Rutland leased the land to Ilkeston town council for its use as a ‘Recreation and Pleasure Ground’. 

In 2010 it was acknowledged that the park was in need of restoration. Many of the heri...

Finalist: Croome

National Trust

WINNER: Starbank Park, Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

The Friends of Starbank Park launched in 2013 to arrest the decline of Starbank Park in north Edinburgh which had suffered from many years of council funding cuts.  The park is now ranked as Edinburgh’s third best park - up an amazing 87 places from its lowly 90th position just four years ago. It also now holds a Green Flag award. &...

Finalist: Westway Trust

WINNER: Cranfield University

Nurture Landscapes

Cranfield University is located in grounds that stretch to more than 700 acres and which include an extensive landscaped campus.
Nurture Landscapes has been solely responsible for the upkeep of the maintenance of the site that includes an airport, two hotels, sports and recreation facilities, student accommodation, technolo...

Finalist: Cheslyn House & Gardens

Watford Borough Council

WINNER: The Wandle Valley Regional Park

Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust

The Wandle Valley Regional Park, in South West London, is a vibrant but fragmented network of over 40 green spaces, 12 nature reserves, listed parks and heritage assets, in multiple ownership, linked by the riverside Wandle Trail, covering some 900 hectares. 

Rich in natural, heritage and social capital, ...

Gardens Management Categories

WINNER: Burkes Wood and Lakeside Meadows

Trentham Gardens ST. MODWEN

Historical Context: Trentham was the ancestral home of the Sutherland’s who, for over 300 years, were both the custodians and enthusiastic improvers of its historic landscape. In 1996, the current owners, St. Modwen purchased the estate which had fallen into considerable disrepair, and embarked on a major regeneration proj...

WINNER: Trentham Gardens & Estates Team, St. Modwen

Trentham Gardens ST. MODWEN

With annual visitor numbers of close to three quarters of a million, and an events programme drawing 55,000 more, maintaining and continuing the development of Trentham Gardens to a high standard 364 days a year is both the number one priority for the 22-strong Trentham Gardens & Estates Team – and its top challenge. 

Highly Commended: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Global Gardeners

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Finalist: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Finalist: Brodsworth Hall

English Heritage

Finalist: Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park

The Aspinall Foundation

Finalist: RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Royal Horticultural Society

WINNER: Furnace Wood & Meadow

National Trust

In spring 2017 gardeners took down the ropes to reveal an area of Bodnant Garden never before see by the public. Hundreds of visitors joined staff and volunteers at a grand open day for Furnace Wood and Meadow, a 20-acre woodland of native and exotic trees and a wildflower-rich grassland. 

The woodland began life as a hillside dotted ...

Highly Commended: Lower Terrace Restoration

English Heritage

Highly Commended: Shakespeare's New Place

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Finalist: Limekiln place

HM Gardens

Finalist: Garden Privy Project

English Heritage

WINNER: Brobury House and Gardens

Brobury House Gardens is a private 8 acre garden on the banks of the River Wye comprising of herbaceous and shrub borders, architectural areas, ponds, streams, an orchard and young arboretum, kitchen garden, Victorian greenhouses, cutting flower beds and expansive lawns sloping gently down towards the water meadow and ri...

Finalist: King Edward VII Estate, Midhurst

Lady Penelope Gardens

Finalist: Westway Trust

WINNER: West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens, part of the Edward James Foundation, are a Grade 2* listed, historic designed landscape consisting of a restored walled garden and Victorian glasshouse range, extensive ornamental grounds including a 100m long Edwardian pergola designed by Harold Peto, a 240 acre landscape park and the 50 acre St Roche’s...

Highly Commended: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Highly Commended: Osborne Garden Team

English Heritage

Finalist: Antrim Castle Gardens

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Finalist: The Alnwick Garden

Finalist: Logan Botanic Garden

Tree care categories

WINNER: Moments with Trees

Nene Park Trust

Moments with Trees is a two-year Heritage Lottery Funded project initiated by Nene Park Trust with four aims in mind: To enhance public knowledge and understanding of Nene Park’s trees, to encourage children’s connection with them, to conserve the natural heritage and tree stock, and to reveal their past, celebrate their...

WINNER: I Dig Trees

The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and OVO Energy have been working in partnership since 2015 to deliver a national tree planting programme - I Dig Trees - focused on planting trees in the heart of UK communities.

Each bare root season OVO Energy sponsor a number of trees on behalf of their greener tariff customers, available free of char...

General categories

WINNER: The Parks Trust's Volunteer Strategy

The Parks Trust

The Parks Trust is an independent charity set up in 1992 to care for more than 5,000 acres of parks, lakes and woodlands in Milton Keynes. Community engagement is one of the trust’s core objectives and providing opportunities for local people to be involved in the trust’s work is an important element of engaging with the diverse...

Finalist: Penllergare Valley Woods

The Penllergare Trust

Finalist: Blooming Friends of Parks and Open Spaces

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

WINNER: Deal Community Hop Farm

English Heritage

The idea of creating a ‘community hop farm’ arose from a discussion between Walmer Castle head gardener Mark Brent and Steve Wakeford, Chairman of Deal-With-It, an active voluntary group with a strong environmental ethos.

The principle aims were to create an opportunity for the local community to participate in growing a trad...

Highly Commended: Green Talent

City of London Corporation - Open Spaces Department

Highly Commended: The Parks Trust's Youth Explorers

The Parks Trust

Finalist: Westway Trust

Finalist: The Woollen Woods

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Finalist: Rediscovering the magic of Mount Stewart Gardens in partnership with the local community

National Trust

Finalist: The Alnwick Garden

Finalist: Harting School nest boxes

Uppark House and Garden, National Trust

WINNER: Linear Parks Events Programme

The Parks Trust

Events are very important to the Parks Trust, an independent charity set up in 1992 to care for 6000 acres of linear parks and green spaces in Milton Keynes.  Events animate the parks and encourage people who may not otherwise do so, to visit their local green space. 

The full calendar programme staged by the events team and ...

Finalist: Cassiobury Park Bandstand Programme

Watford Borough Council

WINNER: David Sutton, Estate Manager

Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks

David Sutton has been involved in the estate management for Howletts Wild Animal Park and its sister park, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, for 14 years. The parks are breeding sanctuaries for rare and endangered species, and work with world leading conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation. The Kent based parks are two of the c...

WINNER: Alan Sargent

This year Alan has celebrated his 50th work anniversary in a career that has included designing, building and project managing more than sixty RHS show gardens.

He has run his own successful landscape gardening practice, and 2001 he was invited to become head gardener to Goodwood House and Estate – a role he ‘longed for&...

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