Four Oaks Award winners 2016 highlight innovation and excellence

An exciting cross-section of plant and innovative product suppliers exhibiting at this year's Four Oaks Trade Show have scooped top awards on the opening day of the show.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Red Cloud' from Hogendoorn Holland BV won a high commendation in the Best Nursery Stock category
Miscanthus sinensis 'Red Cloud' from Hogendoorn Holland BV won a high commendation in the Best Nursery Stock category

The awards were presented by Kate Lowe, editor of Horticulture Week, the Four Oaks Trade Show’s media partner, at a special exhibitor reception at close of business on the first day. 

Judging the awards this year were Simon Davenport, secretary of the BPOA, Chris Day, head of publicity, Buckingham Nurseries and Sally Drury, head of technical content, Horticulture Week.

The winners

The award for Best Professional Equipment went to Ecovision Renewables for the UK’s largest ground source heat pump. Judges were impressed by the scaling up of the technology to result in significant savings in heating costs and carbon.

Meanwhile the award for the Best Bedding or Pot Plant Introduction went to Calibrachoa hybr. WFL Chameleon Sunshine Berry from Elsner pac. Judges said it has a, "distinctive colour, good form and strong customer appeal."

Two High Commendations were also awarded: One to Bidens ‘Moon Light’ (pictured below) from Thompson and Morgan and and one for Begonia Summerwings ‘Ebony and Orange’ from Kernock Park Plants.



The award for Best Retail Product or Service went to Bathgate for Champions Blend All Purpose Compost which judges said "brought together probiotics, volcanic rock dust and natural seaweed extract in one easy mix for amateur gardeners."

Meanwhile the award for Best Nursery Stock Introduction went to Coreopsis UpTick from Ball Colegrave. Judges were impressed with its "continual flowering, good habit, shape and flower size".

A High Commendation was also awarded for Miscanthus sinensis ‘Red Cloud’ from Hogendoorn Holland BV.

Best International Stand went to Beekenkamp Plants BV and Most Innovative Stand to Newey Group.  

Finally the award for Best Professional Product or Service went to Modiform for Universal Bedding Packs – a product judges described as "at a stroke enabling growers to significantly increase their production capacity while cutting transport costs".  Highly commended was Sachet on a Stick from Bioline AgroSciences.

At the event, Lowe also presented a special award on behalf of the BPOA for the Home Grown Grower of the Year 2016 which went to Peter Eastwood Plants from Ditchling, East Sussex.  Eastwood Plants has been instrumental in getting Home Grown better known, introducing the labelling on all their produce over the last three years.


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