Next up will be the Fruit Focus show in July where the team will be on hand to answer questions about the scheme's bumper crop of categories aimed at growers of soft fruit, top fruit, cider apples, vines and specialist fruit crops. The UK Grower Award scheme's expanded range of fruit categories, launched by farming minister George Eustice last year, are once again being run in partnership with the Fruit Focus show.
The team attending this week's National Plant Show in Coventry includes awards representative Rachel Anderson who will be available throughout the two days of the show to answer queries about the recently expanded range of categories for ornamentals which include Hardy Nursery Stock Grower of the Year, Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year, Specialist Ornamentals Grower of the Year, Best Introduction: Herbaceous perennials, Best Introduction: Hardy nursery stock and Best Introduction: Bedding and pot plant.
The 2015 contest saw 27 trophies presented at a glittering awards event in London's Covent Garden in February which was attended by more than 400 leading production sector professionals.
The benefits of winning are summed up by 2015 Salad Grower of the Year and overall Edibles Grower of the Year (Vegetables), Stephen Betts from LJ Betts:
"We have got something to really shout about now. It has given us a new focus and an award to be really proud of. What could be a better advertisement of our business and products, with our customers, our suppliers, our new employees, throughout our sector and the whole farming industry".
"We can promote our products with complete confidence now. The award gives us the best new material to promote with that will be noticed by current customers and future customers alike. One of the great benefits is that our customers can use our award to promote our produce to new customers of theirs and we are supplying them with the promotional material to do this."
For more information:
- Come and see us on Stand 20 at this week's National Plant Show which takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Meet the team at Fruit Focus which takes place at East Malling Research in Kent on 22nd July.
- Visit our awards website for all entry information at: thegrowerawards.co.uk