For garden retailers, the promotional opportunities from the awards scheme will be better than ever in 2015, with winners due to be announced on 26 February - a fantastic boost right at the start of the 2015 gardening season - and a chance for a selection of winners to have their names included in The Sun gardening team's write-up of the awards in the newspaper's gardening pages.
Meanwhile, entrants to the UK Grower Awards, launched this summer by farming minister George Eustice at the Fruit Focus trade show, will also benefit from more promotional opportunities thanks to a big expansion in categories.
These include the addition of specialist fruit, cider and viticulture awards to those for topand soft-fruit growers, a new award for specialist ornamentals growers in addition to those for nursery stock and bedding plant growers, and a potato grower category in addition to the vegetable and salad grower of the year.
Finally, we are pleased to confirm that our chosen charity for both awards is Perennial, which will benefit from a fundraiser at the prestigious awards presentations in February that remain the premier networking events of their respective sectors. We look forward to seeing you there.