This annual award is given to a final year, Royal Parks apprentice who has demonstrated outstanding academic and practical achievement during the course of their apprenticeship, The apprentice nominated to receive the award this year was Emma Louise Andrews, based at Richmond Park.
The award is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and presented at their Autumn Court Dinner, this year held at Wax Chandlers Hall in the City of London on the 24th October.
Emma, accompanied by Guild chairman, Mike Fitt, was in attendance to receive her award alongside prize winning students from other organisations, receiving their awards from the Livery Company. The citation recognising Emma’s achievement was read out as Andrew Jaspar, Director of Gardens & Parklands at the National Trust, presented Emma with the Guild’s prestigious George Cooke award.
“Emma has shown exceptional commitment to her studies and job over the course of the apprenticeship, receiving positive feedback from her employer and peers. She always works to a high standard, demonstrating expert knowledge and understanding on tasks undertaken. Emma is organised and consistent in her work with grades always at distinction level, the highest for the course. Emma has been a joy to teach over the duration of the apprenticeship. She approaches all of her work with maturity, commitment and enthusiasm and is to be highly commend for her efforts, including her work in the local community. Well deserving of this prestigious award. Congratulations.”