Streetscene officers accepted the award at last night's ceremony in Blackpool.
Streetscene officers accepted the award at last night's ceremony in Blackpool.

Streetscene services win prestigious award 

Hull City Council’s parks, open spaces, and horticultural team were crowned winners at last night’s Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards.  

The awards ceremony – which took place in Blackpool last night (Thursday 7 December) – celebrated the best-performing and most-improved authorities across the country. 

Parks, open spaces, and horticultural services’ work throughout 2022/2023, including looking after grounds and trees across Hull, saw them take away the prestigious award for ‘Most Improved Performer’. 

The award was decided on the submission of collective and independently verified data about the services they provided, and the overall service in comparison with others within the APSE network. 

Andy Burton, Assistant Director of Streetscene services, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the team received this award last night, as it really is testament to all their hard work and dedication. 

“These services have already been operating at a high level, but this award is recognition of their continued efforts to improve and innovate the services they provide. 

“As a Local Authority, we are committed to providing the best possible services to the community, and this award is a reflection of that commitment.” 

Councillor Julia Conner, Portfolio Holder for Environment, added: “This is terrific news, and I’m so proud of everyone involved. It’s deserving that our parks, open spaces, and horticultural team has been recognised at a national level for everything they continue to achieve. 

“We have history-rich open space in Hull, and the work the team do to preserve and develop these important public spaces is wonderful. Our parks and open space services continue to get better and better – which is reflected in this award.” 

Fly-tipped waste in Newland Avenue, Hull.
The Guildhall in Hull, with Charles Wilson statue in the foreground