Record 27 trophies awarded to industry's stars at UK Grower Awards 2015

A record 27 trophies were handed out at last night's UK Grower Awards 2015 which saw more than 400 guests gather to celebrate the very best in production horticulture.

National journalist and broadcaster Peter Seabrook accepts Lifetime Achievement Award
National journalist and broadcaster Peter Seabrook accepts Lifetime Achievement Award
Big winners on the night included Thatchers Cider which followed up its win in the new category for cider growers by scooping the overall award for Fruit Grower of the Year.

Likewise this year's Salad Grower of the Year LJ Betts went on to scoop the overall award for Vegetable Grower of the Year.

Finally Majestic Trees, which won its category for Nursery Stock Grower of the Year, took home the overall award for Ornamental Grower of the Year.

National journalist and broadcaster Peter Seabrook won a standing ovation at the event after being presented with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Headline sponsor for this year's event which was presented by art critic, historian and TV presenter Andrew Graham Dixon, was QV Foods. Editor of Horticulture Week, Kate Lowe, opened the event.

Judges for this year were British Grower Association's Jack Ward, crop consultants John Adlam, David Pennell, and Liz Copas, Stockbridge Technology Centre's Graham Ward, garden industry adviser Neville Stein and the National Association of Cider Makers' Richard Heathcote.

Several new awards were presented last night following an expansion in the crop sectors covered by the competition. The new awards were announced at the launch of the UK Grower Awards 2015 at last summer's Fruit Focus event by farming minister George Eustace.

For a full write up on each of the 27 award winners, and details of all those shortlisted and receiving high commendations, click here or see the March 6 edition of Horticulture Week magazine.

Sponsors for this year's event were: QV Foods, AC Goatham & Sons, AG Recruitment and Management, Agrovista UK, Botanicoir, Cocogreen, HTA, Kubota, Levington, New Spitalfields Market, NFU, Quinton Edwards, Rijk Zwaan, XL Horticulture.

The winners in full

  • Edibles Grower of the Year: Fruit – Thatchers Cider
  • Edibles Grower of the Year: Vegetables – LJ Betts
  • Ornamentals Grower of the Year - Majestic Trees
  • Vegetable Grower of the Year – Huntapac Produce
  • Top Fruit Grower of the Year – Lower Hope Farms and Boxford (Suffolk) Farms
  • Soft Fruit Grower of the Year – Littywood Farm
  • Salads Grower of the Year – LJ Betts
  • Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year – RF Lawrence & Sons (Chrysanthemums Direct)
  • Nursery Stock Grower of the Year – Majestic Trees
  • Potato Grower of the Year – Corkers Crisps
  • Grower of the Year – Viticulture – Carr Taylor Vineyards
  • Specialist Fruit Grower of the year – Graham Caspell, East Malling Research
  • Specialist Ornamentals Grower of the year – Brookfield Plants
  • Best Business Innovation – Ball Colegrave
  • David Piccaver Science Award – Stockbridge Technology Centre
  • Top Sales/Marketing Professional – Thomas Stabler, Boningale Nurseries
  • Best Environmental Initiative – Vitacress
  • Young Grower of the Year – Robert Farthing
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Peter Seabrook
  • Best Consumer Marketing Campaign, Brassica Growers Association's Love Your Greens by The Little Big Voice
  • Best New Variety – Fruit – Driscolls Solero Strawberries, Berry Gardens
  • Best New Variety – Salads/Vegetable – Syngenta Redarling Red Sprouts
  • Best New Variety – Bedding/Pot Plants – Begonia F1 Majestic Sunburst, Ball Colegrave
  • Best New Variety – Herbaceous Perennial – Eryngium Zabelli Neptune's Gold, Plants for Europe
  • Best Agronomist – John Marcar
  • Best Production Manager – Peter Bukowski, AC Goatham

 

 

 


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