International trade success sees Whetman Pinks win Queen's Award

A Devon nursery has won the highest accolade for business success in recognition of its outstanding contribution to international trade.

Now in its 77th year of trading, Ashcombe-based Whetman Pinks breeds and propagates hybrid dianthus and received the Queen's Award for Enterprise (International Trade) last week.

The nursery exports dianthus to Europe, Japan, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Where direct export is uneconomical or import restrictions exist, Whetman Pinks licenses to propagate.

Accepting the award from HM lord-lieutenant of Devon Sir Eric Dancer, Whetman Pinks managing director Carolyn Bourne said: "It has been a tough 12 months for the industry, with the weather causing major problems. Winning this award comes as a boost to morale."

The Queen's Award follows the nursery's success at the Grower of the Year Awards - winning Best New Variety, Protected Ornamental Grower of the Year and overall Grower of the Year - plus a regional employer of the year title and an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal.

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