26 July 2017
Jim Ashcroft who works at Birkenhead Park, Wirral has received the England Employee of the Year Award.
Jim has been employed as a Gardener/Supervisor Gardener for the past 8 years and is responsible for a team of six staff, he has shown absolute and unwavering dedication to his work in keeping Birkenhead Park at a consistently high standard of maintenance, frequently going above and beyond the necessary requirements of his job role in order to save resources, often at the expense of his own free time.
Under his leadership, the Birkenhead Park heritage gardening team has become more efficient and effective in its maintenance and management of this historic landscape, acting as inspiration for all who work with him. He has ensured that the Park has become a more enjoyable and interesting place to work for those under his supervision.
Chris Osborne, Marketing and Visitor Services Team Leader at Birkenhead Park said, "Jim is perhaps the single most skilled heritage gardener at Birkenhead Park, and perhaps even in the whole of Wirral Parks and Countryside Service. He is truly an asset to this historic landscape and deserves the recognition of this award.
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Manager said, "Jim's passion for his work and Birkenhead Park is an example to others. Finding ways in these challenging times to maintain this historic park by going over an above what is required of him in his role makes him a worthy winner."
Jim was presented with the Award at the award ceremony in Hull on the 18th July.