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The Hepworth Wakefield recognised in the European Garden Award 2024

08 Jul 2024

The Hepworth Wakefield is delighted to have been recognised in the European Garden Award 2024 (Europäischer Gartenpreis 2024). Since 2010, gardens in 22 countries have received the European Garden Award as a seal of quality for outstanding achievements in contemporary garden design, the management and development of historic gardens or climate adaptation measures.

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, opened in 2019. It won second prize in the category for Design or Concept of a Contemporary Park or Garden, alongside winners in Amiens, France and Zürich, Switzerland.

Olivia Colling, Deputy Director of The Hepworth Wakefield, said:

‘It is a real honour to have been recognised by the Schloss Dyck Foundation in the European Garden Award 2024. The Hepworth Wakefield Garden is unique in that we transformed scrubland surrounding our gallery into a beautiful public garden that is free for anyone to visit any time and any day of the year. Our garden has become a place of solace and inspiration for so many, from local residents who visit almost daily, to the international tourists it now attracts. So many people and organisations contributed to the fundraising campaign to make the garden happen, for which we will always be grateful. Awards like this recognise their generosity in helping us make a difference to our city. Enormous thanks must also be given to Tom Stuart-Smith and his team for designing such an uplifting green space with a clever planting scheme that ensures there is always something interesting to look at, no matter the season.’

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden is open daily and free to enjoy.