Leading English cherry farm manager honoured

Lower Hope Cherries farm manager Andy Hunt has been awarded the annual Fruiterers Management Award in recognition of "his outstanding achievements as a manager responsible for technological advance within the fruit growing industry".

Image: HW
Image: HW

Hunt was presented with the award by Sandys Dawes, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, at the Fruiterers' Master and Wardens Dinner at Barber-Surgeons' Hall, London, on 2nd November.

He has overseen fruit growing at the Herefordshire farm for over 25 years, managing its transition to protected cherry growing on dwarf rootstocks, so putting Lower Hope among the leaders of the revival in English cherry growing. The farm now specialises in large, fully ripe fruit for later in the season.

Dawes said: "Andy Hunt is highly respected in the industry. Hundreds of growers from UK, Europe and the world find their way to Lower Hope to talk with him and learn from the progress made at Lower Hope."

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