Volunteer Gardener of the Year 

The Volunteer Gardener of the Year award is given in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by an individual to a hospice or palliative care organisation's gardens.

Volunteer Garden of the year Award

Janet Walker’s commitment to the hospice garden at St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds, is amazing.

Having volunteered for over 15 years, Janet is a much valued member of the team, helping to lead volunteers and is instrumental in the annual Open Gardens event.

The Open Gardens event which had to be held virtually in 2020 was a success, with a large part of that due to Janet, who filmed a virtual tour of her own garden, with gardening tips to support the event.

 In the height of lockdown, Janet continued to look after the hospice gardens with her own tools. Janet’s compassion extends beyond the gardens and can often be seen chatting to patients, families and making cups of teas if needed.


General criteria and guidance

  1. Nominations may include supporting information such as relevant literature, media coverage, etc. Extra information should be e-mailed to grants@hospiceuk.org clearly identifying which nomination it refers to.  Please ensure you explain what, in your opinion, the nominee has done to warrant the Award.
  2. Each nomination will be judged by a panel appointed by Hospice UK.
  3. Each category will have a winner, with no runners up.
  4. Members and Subscribers of Hospice UK are eligible to nominate individuals.
  5. No one employed by Hospice UK may enter the awards.
  6. In certain circumstances, if the standard of nominations is considered not high enough, the judges may elect not to make a particular award.
  7. The closing date for entries in all categories is tbc.
  8. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
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