Mr Fern wins Australian export award

An Australian fern supplier has been named the country's top exporter at the 2010 Nursery and Garden Industry Awards held in Darwin last week.

Mr Fern of Wyelangta, Victoria, was recognised for its continued export success and its improved environmental policy.

Managing director Les Vulcz said: "Winning the National Export Award was overwhelming and such an honour. It is a testament to the dynamic and dedicated team at Mr. Fern.

"We have worked hard to ensure we are an environmentally responsible organisation. Further to that we are striving to set the benchmark in the industry by being an innovative and sustainable supplier of tree ferns and ferns in Australia."

The company’s environmental policy includes being the first wholesale fern nursery in Australia to plan for the future by establishing an alternative source of mature tree ferns, a sustainable tree fern plantation.

They are constantly reviewing and updating the environmental policy so it is appropriate to the nature, scale and environmental impact of their activities and products.

The ‘NGI Export Award’ is open to all industry businesses exporting a nursery and garden product or service.

It recognises the business with the best initiative in relation to export success.

There are 14 categories featured at the awards program including two new categories this year, Best Government Nursery and Best Propagation Nursery.

Other categories include the Environment Award, Training Award, Best Small, Medium and Large Garden Centre, Best Small, Medium and Large Production Nursery, Allied Supplier Award and Young Leader Award.

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