Production stars take innovation lead at UK Grower Awards and Garden Retail Awards

Over the past week it has been the great privilege of the Horticulture Week team to welcome more than 700 leading horticulture professionals to three great industry events - the Garden Retail Awards 2017, the UK Grower Awards 2017 and the third Garden Retail Summit, all hosted by Horticulture Week.

In this edition of Horticulture Week magazine we are pleased to present the stories behind the outstanding winners of this year's UK Grower Awards who despite the challenges of the planning system, worries about labour and the uncertainties caused by Brexit are expanding, innovating and moving ahead - in many cases rapidly.

In our next edition, published on 17 March, it will be the turn of the outstanding winners of the Garden Retail Awards 2017 to have their stories presented in print and online.

We hope you find plenty to be inspired by from the stories of these great ambassadors for the production and garden retail industries.

More inspiration came last week in the shape of the Garden Retail Summit, which heard from a stellar ranges of presenters from both the major multiples and leading independent garden centres.

John Cleland, new chief executive officer of Dobbies, kicked off the event with an honest and inspirational presentation on the Dobbies' vision, which included the warning that gardening is "forgotten at our peril", while independent centre leaders urged fellow professionals to be bold with their investment plans. The summit theme was "Going for Growth" and there is little doubt the sector is set fair for a great year.


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