Volunteer Award

A group of people walking in front of Kenwood House, London.

This summer the Gardens Trust is proud to launch its annual Volunteer Award.

The Volunteer Award is intended to celebrate volunteers and recognise the value of volunteering; showcase volunteers and the contribution they make; and encourage volunteering through a variety of roles.

It is a relaunch of the popular Volunteer of the Year Award, which has run for many years, before being paused in 2021.

The nominees for the 2023 Volunteer Award can be viewed here.


Anybody can nominate someone they know for the Award, but candidates must be active volunteers with either a County Gardens Trust or the Gardens Trust. They can be nominated as an individual or as a team.

Candidates will need to be volunteers involved in at least one of the following, in the past 2 years:

  • Making a difference to the day to day running of a County Gardens Trust or the national Gardens Trust
  • The research and conservation aspects of a County Gardens Trust or the national Gardens Trust
  • Work for a County Gardens Trust or the Gardens Trust to reach new audiences to encourage interest and/or involvement in garden history

We are proud that there are many other volunteers, including those who are particularly long-serving, and intend to thank them in other ways. Please email Catherine.ford@thegardenstrust.org if there is someone you would like to highlight.

To make a nomination

Please download a nomination form below and return it to Catherine.ford@thegardenstrust.org by 31st July 2023. You may wish to email Catherine sooner to check that your nominee hasn’t already been put forward by someone else.

GT Volunteer Award application form 2023 v2

The winner will receive a unique framed certificate and glass keepsake, and will be announced at a special event to celebrate volunteers on 7th September, in London – details to follow.