Majestic Trees wins International Grower of the Year silver

Ornamentals grower scores second success taking International Grower of the Year silver prize.

Steve McCurdy receives the silver prize in Xian - image: Majestic Trees
Steve McCurdy receives the silver prize in Xian - image: Majestic Trees

Horticulture Week's Ornamentals Grower of the Year 2011, Majestic Trees, has taken silver at the International Grower of the Year competition in Xian, China.

The Hertfordshire company beat European rivals, coming second only to the largest tree and shrub nursery in Canada.

The international competition was organised by the International Association of Horticultural Producers.

Majestic Trees' entry into the competition followed its win in February in the ornamentals category of the Grower of the Year Awards 2011 and its nomination by the NFU.

Other finalists alongside Majestic Trees this year were Belgium's Denis-Plants BVBA, Bylands Nursery of Canada, Netherlands firm Ammerlaan the Green Innovator, Taida Horticultural of Taiwan and the host country's Hongyue.

Majestic owner Steve McCurdy said while he was disappointed not to take gold, he was proud to have beaten all of the other European finalists.

The gold award went to Bylands, which grows three-million plants per year of 2,000 varieties on 160ha.

The awards event was held in conjunction with the International Horticultural Exposition.

Entry extension - Growers given more time

The deadline for entries to the Grower of the Year Awards has been extended to 27 October in response to requests by growers for more time to prepare.

Growers, breeders, packers and marketing companies now have just over two weeks to put themselves or colleagues forward in this celebration of excellence for the production horticulture sector.

Categories include grower of the year for nursery stock, bedding, cut flowers, vegetables, salads, top fruit and soft fruit. New categories include best hardy nursery stock introduction, best new bedding variety and best herbaceous perennial introduction. Also up for grabs are awards for the best new edibles variety, best young grower and best organic operation.

For further details or entry forms, see www.groweroftheyear.co.uk. Winners will be revealed at the Lancaster London Hotel on 23 February 201 2.


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