Hever Castle and Gardens were awarded a Gold medal for its gardens this year and also saw two of its employees presented with special discretionary awards.
Head gardener Neil Miller was awarded the South East in Bloom ‘Horticulture Achievement Award’ while Hever gardener Josh Fen was announced ‘Young Gardener’ for 2017.
The South & South East in Bloom campaign is the largest horticultural campaign in the region involving hundreds of communities each year. Participating communities create lasting improvements to their local environment for the benefit of those that live, work and visit.
Jim Buttress, RHS judge, television gardener and former Royal Parks gardener presented the awards at the Gatwick hotel on Wednesday 20 September.
The panel of judges said of Miller: “The site is very professionally managed by a head gardener and a team of gardeners, several of whom have come through the work experience route.
“Neil Miller is to be congratulated for his efforts to encourage and support young people to enter horticulture as a career and that is clearly to be seen when meeting and talking to members of his team.”
They added: “There are probably only a handful of locations of this calibre in the South East or beyond and it is almost impossible to suggest any improvements.”