AWARDS LATEST: More time to enter production industry's prestigious awards scheme

The deadline to enter the prestigious Grower Awards 2015 which celebrate excellence within the UK production horticulture industry, has been extended to give businesses a little more time to put together their applications after a busy season.

Barnsfold Nurseries: collecting 2014 bedding and pot plant award - image: HW
Barnsfold Nurseries: collecting 2014 bedding and pot plant award - image: HW

The new deadline is 26th October.

With interest in boosting UK sourcing rising up the agenda for many customers, from major supermarket buyers to independent garden centres, there could not be a better time for UK ornamental growers to showcase what they have to offer as a supplier.

For 2015 there are even more categories to enter, giving professionals even more opportunities to highlight their strengths to potential customers.

These include new awards for specialist ornamental plant growers, agronomists, production managers and environmental management. An award for the best scientific horticultural research project will also be made in memory of David Piccaver.

Award winners will be announced at a glittering dinner and presentation in London on 25 February.

How to enter

To enter, firms just need to answer the questions in the entry form at www.thegrowerawards.co.uk and supply one testimonial in support of their entry.

These "first stage" entries will be forwarded to our judging panel, which will select a shortlist for each of the award categories. The shortlisted entrants will then be asked to supply more detailed information.

A second round of judging will then proceed to select the winning entries.

Good luck from all of us at Horticulture Week. TO ENTER CLICK HERE.

Ornamentals categories

  • Best New Variety: Hardy Nursery Stock
  • Best new Variety: Herbaceous Perennials
  • Best new Variety: Bedding and Pot Plants
  • Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year
  • Nursery Stock Grower of the Year
  • Specialist Grower of the Year

Fruit categories

  • Best New Variety: Fruit
  • Top-Fruit Grower of the Year
  • Soft-Fruit Grower of the Year
  • Specialist Grower of the Year
  • Grower of the Year: Cider new
  • Grower of the Year: Viticulture


Vegetable categories

  • Best New Variety: Vegetable/Salad
  • Vegetable Grower of the Year
  • Salad Grower of the Year
  • Potato Grower of the Year

Overall categories

  • - The David Piccaver Science Award - special award 2015
  • - Best Consumer Marketing Campaign
  • - Best Business Innovation
  • - Best Professional Product or Service
  • - Best Production Manager - new
  • - Best Agronomist - new
  • - Top Sales or Marketing Professional
  • - Best Environmental Initiative
  • - Young Grower of the Year
  • - Lifetime Achievement Award

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