Businesses of all sizes are being encouraged to enter the awards, which are run by Horticulture Week and Grower in association with Asda, the Horticultural Trades Association and the NFU — and which are now established as the highlight of the production horticulture year.
"What matters is not how large a nursery is, but what it has achieved with the resources it has, and given the challenges facing the sector," said editor of Horticulture Week and chair of the independent judging panel, Kate Lowe. Entry to the awards is free to members of the NFU or the HTA.
As well as categories celebrating the nursery stock grower of the year, bedding and pot plant grower of the year and cut flower grower of the year, the awards include a category celebrating the business initiative of the year.
Entries are also invited for the best new plant variety, which will be awarded to the plant that, in the opinion of the judges, most effectively demonstrates excellence in its intended attributes.
Other categories of interest to everyone working in ornamental horticulture include the award for the most outstanding young grower of the year, awards celebrating the best consumer and trade marketing campaigns, the best sales and marketing professionals, technical product of the year and the Science into Practice award, which celebrates the application of research to commercial business.
Winners last year included Double H Nursery, Bransford Webbs Plant Company, John Woods Nurseries, The Real Flower Company and Majestic Trees.
How to enter
To enter you need to complete an entry form which can be downloaded from www.groweroftheyear.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Kate Collins on 020 8267 8188 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for entries is 6 November.
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