Join this celebration of UK horticulture

Writing in HW this week, Peter Seabrook highlights the remarkable progress of commercial strawberry production in the UK, which in not much more than 10 years has seen rapid growth, becoming a crop worth more than £200m a year to UK horticulture.

It is, of course, just one example of the extraordinary degree of innovation within our fragmented production horticulture community that, despite the sustained neglect of successive Governments, has succeeded nevertheless in driving forward product development and service improvements for customers in so many areas.

As Seabrook says, we should be "singing from the rooftops" about such successes. And there can be few better opportunities to do just that than the Grower of the Year Awards 2011, which are launched today - and for which we are now inviting entries.

The aim of the awards, which are organised by Horticulture Week and generously supported by event sponsors Asda, the HTA and the NFU, is to serve the UK production horticulture industry by highlighting, promoting, celebrating and rewarding its achievements.

No matter how big or small the business, how seasoned or new, we want to hear from you about your successes. What matters to our judges is what you have achieved given the resources you have. And don't forget that thanks to the kind support of the HTA and the NFU, anyone who is a member of either association can enter the Grower of the Year Awards for free.

Previous winners have told us just how much the awards have meant to their hard-working teams and the boost they have given to marketing campaigns. David Warden, farm manager at LM Porter's East Seaton Farm, which picked up the overall award for edible crop production last year, says the win "proves all our hard work and effort is appreciated and the business of LM Porter stands out in the UK soft fruit industry".

Now it's your turn. Tell us about your achievements today and we'll make sure we do just as Peter Seabrook says and shout about you from the rooftops.

Kate Lowe, editor. Email: kate.lowe@haymarket.com

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