Horticulture industry figures feature in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Groundwork chief executive Graham Duxbury is made an OBE.

Mary Berry rose - credit: Harkness Roses
Mary Berry rose - credit: Harkness Roses

Jonathan Jones of Tregothnan, the Cornish estate, was awarded an OBE in the honours. He is garden manager and is behind the tea-growing enterprise at the gardens, and was honoured for his work on exports and enterprise.

Ros Kerslake, National Lottery Heritage Fund chief executive, is made an CBE. She has been CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund since July 2016 and said: 

“I am very grateful for this award. It comes at a time when heritage is facing the greatest challenge in my lifetime, and I would like to pay testament to everyone in the heritage sector, and in particular my colleagues at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, who have worked so hard to respond quickly and effectively to the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring that important heritage is saved for future generations. Investing in heritage is hugely important – it creates jobs, supports well-being, tourism and local economies and makes our towns, cities and rural areas better places to live.

"It’s a great honour to work in a sector that makes such a positive difference to people’s lives.

“In May I returned to work following six months of treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. After a speedy diagnosis and excellent medical care from NHS staff at The Royal Marsden, I am thankfully now cancer free. Having faced these considerable challenges, this honour is a lovely reason to celebrate and feel positive about the future.”

Amy Holmes, Defra's director of EU and international trade, is made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Mary Berry, the TV baker who is National Gardens Scheme president and an RHS ambassador, becomes a dame. She said the honour was "the icing in the cake".

Sonia Phippard, former Director-General, Policy Delivery at Defra is made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

British Retail Consortium co-chair Richard Pennycook is made a CBE.


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