Tomato growers win top prizes

Commercial growers swept the board in the Totally Tomato Show's Tastiest Tomato Competition.

The event, organised by the British Tomato Growers' Association (TGA) and held on 7 September at West Dean Gardens near Chichester, saw professionals take the top 10 places in the competition - which was open to both amateur and professional growers.

Growers from the Isle of Wight were awarded the first three places. In first place was Paul Howlett with Apero, second was Ben Smith with Piccolo and third was Kieran Devine with Sunita.

TGA representative Gerry Hayman said: "Naturally we are pleased with the results ... It does prove that growing our crops in glasshouses, we can produce a fantastic product, consistently and reliably, whatever the weather throws at us."


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