Awards wins for Greenkeeper International

16 September 2020 Announcement


The team at BIGGA are celebrating after winning a trio of prestigious awards.

The TOCA Awards are hosted by the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association, with an online event taking place on 9 to 11 September.

The contest drew 286 entries and honours individuals for excellence in writing, design, photography and special projects. The top winners from the marketing and publishing categories received Gardner Awards, with GI editor Karl Hansell counted among previous winners.

This year the GI team scooped:

Best Design Publication (International) for the July 2019 edition of Greenkeeper International – First place

This edition of the magazine looked at preparations for The Open at Royal Portrush, a conversation with Caroline Munro at Bonar Bridge & Ardgay in the Scottish Highliands and a number of other features.

Best Design Publication (International) for “Are we victims of employment naivety?” from the December 2019 edition – First place

This feature was submitted by BIGGA member Richard Andrews and discussed how important an awareness of employment law is in the modern world. It was designed by BIGGA’s Libbie Waddleton, who has previously won other design awards with TOCA.

Best Writing Publication (article or editorial) for “The father of modern greenkeeping” from the October 2019 edition – Merit

Karl Hansell’s obituary of Walter Woods BEM was a tribute to the father of modern greenkeeping.

TOCA includes editors, writers, photographers and others involved in green industry communications. Since its beginnings in 1990, TOCA has been serving the green industry by fostering an open exchange of information regarding issues that affect communication with various audiences.

Each month Greenkeeper International is produced and design by a small team of BIGGA staff, working with the support of other staff, our commercial supporters and members of the association who contribute articles for the magazine. We’re always on the lookout for members to get involved with the magazine, so if you’ve got a topic for discussion or have ideas on how we can improve the magazine and all of BIGGA’s print or digital activity, email




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