Are you one of the stars of production horticulture?

The time has come for the best players in the growing community to enter the production horticulture sector's top awards.

Has your production or farm team achieved the seemingly impossible this year? Are you winning outstanding plaudits from your customers for service or the quality of your product? Have you made a significant contribution to the success of a commercial horticulture business?

If so, you should be entering the Grower of the Year Awards 2009, which is launched today.

The awards will celebrate the very best in growing practices, product innovation, marketing, research and individual achievement across the edibles and ornamentals sectors this year.

Organised for the third year running by Horticulture Week and Grower, this year's winners will be announced at the Grower of the Year Awards dinner on 26 February 2009 at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel. The Grower of the Year Awards dinner is the social and networking event of the year for everyone involved in production horticulture.

Again, the Grower of the Year Awards will be judged by a 12-strong panel of independent industry experts drawn from across all sectors of production horticulture, ensuring that the highest standards are met.

It's easy to enter

Competition for these coveted awards grows every year - entries for the 2008 awards were up by 60 per cent on 2007. So, to help you have the best chance of success, we've made the process of entering this year as straightforward as possible, with our easy-to-use entry kit published with this edition of Horticulture Week.

If you need further copies of the entry kit, please call Kate Collins on 020 8267 8188.

As well as ensuring that you stand out among your peers, winning a Grower of the Year Award will mark you out as being the best in your field.

From everyone at Horticulture Week and Grower, good luck.

AWARDS CATEGORIES
Edibles
Best New Variety
Vegetable Grower of the Year
Top Fruit Grower of the Year
Salad Grower of the Year
Soft Fruit Grower of the Year
Prepared Fresh Produce Grower of the Year
Organic Grower of the Year
Grower of the Year - Edibles
Ornamentals
Best New Plant Variety
Cut Flower Grower of the Year
Bedding & Pot Plant Grower of the Year
Nursery Stock Grower of the Year
Grower of the Year - Ornamentals
Overall
Sales and Marketing Professional of the Year
Young Grower of the Year
Business Initiative of the Year
Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year
Trade Marketing Campaign of the Year
Science into Practice
Technical Product of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award

HOW TO ENTER

The deadline for entries to the Grower of the Year Awards 2009 is Friday 7 November.

To enter, you need to fill in the entry form distributed with today's edition of Horticulture Week.

The presentation of the Grower of the Year Awards 2009 will take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, on Thursday 26 February.

For more copies of the entry kit, or to book tickets for the event, call Kate Collins on 020 8267 8188 or email kate.collins@haymarket.com.

The entry kit can also be downloaded at www.groweroftheyear.co.uk

Among those picking up awards this year were AJ & CI Snell director Anthony Snell, the team from Hillier Nurseries, Joe Cottingham of Watts Farms and Steve McCurdy of Majestic Trees

  • - "The awards have been great for staff morale as recognition for their hard work" - Anthony Snell, director, AJ & CI Snell, Soft Fruit Grower of the Year and Grower of the Year - Edibles, 2008
  • - "Winning was a tremendous honour. It was a recognition of our outstanding customer service and superior product" - Steve McCurdy, managing director, Majestic Trees, Hardy Nursery Stock Grower of the Year and Grower of the Year - Ornamentals, 2008
  • - "Winning the award proved that we can be creative and has encouraged us to develop new products" - Steven Jack, managing director, Nessgro, Vegetable Grower of the Year, 2007
  • - "They're the premier awards for the grower part of our industry and we hold them in very high esteem" - Doug Reade, sales and marketing director, Wyevale Nurseries, Hardy Nursery Stock Grower of the Year and Grower of the Year - Ornamentals, 2007.


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