Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board's Professor Ian Crute among those honoured in New Year list

Representatives from across the horticulture industry have been recognised in the New Year's Honours List 2010.

Heading up the list after being awarded a CBE is Professor Ian Crute, who is chief scientist at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and was director of Rothamsted Research until last year.

Professor Crute was awarded a CBE after a long career in plant pathology which saw him appointed director of Rothamsted in 1999.

Before that, he worked at Wellesbourne from 1973 to 1987, and again from 1993 to 1999. Professor Crute worked at East Malling Research from 1987 to 1993.

Professor Crute told HW he was delighted with the honour.

"These things are never expected," he explained. "You are never really told where the nomination comes from but I have had a 30 year career in horticultural and agricultural research.

"I've had lots of congratulations messages and handshakes but I'm not expecting any major events. It is just nice for myself, the organisations I've been involved with and the people I have worked with."

It is expected Professor Crute will receive his honour from the Queen at some point during the summer.

Also awarded honours are:


  • Peter Carne — formerly National Champion, Learning Outside the Classroom and Programme Manager, Growing Schools Programme.
  • Professor Mary Gibby — Director of Science, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
  • Dr Sydney Donnelly Neill — Director, Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Division, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland Executive.
  • Edmund Caerwyn Roberts — Chairman, Snowdonia National Park Authority.


  • William Duncan — For services to horticulture in Scotland.
  • Roger Phillips — For services to London Garden Squares.
  • Beryl Joan Wyatt — Gardening assistant, Writtle College, Chelmsford.


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