Outstanding winners of the Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018 revealed

Twenty-three outstanding businesses have scooped awards at the inaugural Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018.

Held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on Thursday evening, award-winning businesses stretching across all sectors of the horticulture industry - from garden retail, landscape creation and ornamental production to arboriculture, fruit growing, grounds maintenance and more - joined together for a celebration of outstanding achievement. 

Big winners on the night included fast growing Tong Garden Centre which scored a hat-trick, including taking home the award for High Growth Business of the Year. National contractor Ground Control scooped two major awards - for Landscape Contractor of the Year and Grounds care Contractor of the Year.  Hillier also scooped two wins, as did nursery stock producer Majestic Trees whose managing director Steve McCurdy won the prestigious Most Admired Business Leader. New Business of the Year went to Mee Farmers for the launch of their blueberry business.  

Winners of the New Generation Awards were also presented with their awards at the event. 

Opening the Business Awards Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe said: "We launched the Business Awards to honour, support and showcase to key stakeholders the extraordinary work and achievements of businesses operating in all corners of the UK horticulture industry today. The high quality of entries in this inaugural year speaks volumes about the talent, commitment, prowess and resilience of professionals leading today's best horticultural enterprises."

Hosted by cleric, broadcaster and former Communard, Reverend Richard Coles, the awards were judged by Sally Drury (HW), Tim Waterman (Greenwich University), John Adlam (Dove Associates), Andrew Wilson (ICL), Matthew Appleby (HW), Jane Lawler (Jane Lawler Associates), Laura Garnett (Perennial), Jason Burgess (BGA), Alex Godfrey (NFU), Andrew Marshall (Sinclair Pro), Gill Ormrod (HTA) and Gerrard Smith (JTF Wholesale).

The Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018 are generously supported by industry sponsors Solex, Modiform, ICL, HTA, IWS Solutions, Bord na Móna, NFU, Sinclair, Christie & Co and Wonderwall. 

Industry charity Perennial was charity partner for the event

Full write-ups of all winning projects can be found here and via the links below and will also be published in the July print edition of Horticulture Week magazine. 

Winners in full: 

Horticulture Week Business Award - Horticulture Week Most Admired Business Leader Award

Winner - Steve McCurdy, Majestic Trees

Horticulture Week Business Award - New Business of the Year

Winner - Building a British Blueberry Business, Mee Farmers

Horticulture Week Business Award - High-Growth Business of the Year

Winner - Tong Garden Centre

Horticulture Week Business Award - Landscape Architecture/Design Practice of the Year (more than eight staff)

Winner - BDP

Horticulture Week Business Award - Garden Centre Outlet of the Year (small-to-medium)

Winner - North One Garden Centre

Horticulture Week Business Award - Wholesale Nursery Stock Grower of the Year

Winner - Wyevale Nurseries

Horticulture Week Business Award - Top-Fruit Grower of the Year

Winner - AR Neaves & Sons

Horticulture Week Business Award - Arboriculture Consultant of the Year

Winner - Barrell Tree Consultancy

Horticulture Week Business Award - Wholesale Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year

Winner - Kernock Park Plants

Horticulture Week Business Awards - Arboriculture Contractor of the Year

Winner - Glendale

Horticulture Week Business Award - Garden Centre Outlet of the Year (large/destination)

Winner - Tong Garden Centre

Horticulture Week Business Award - Landscape Architecture/Design Practice of the Year -- Commercial Housing

Winner - Churchman Landscape Architects

Horticulture Week Business Award - Retail Sales Team of the Year

Winner - Kew Retail, RBG Kew Enterprises

Horticulture Week Business Award - Best New Edible Crop Variety

Winner - AVA Star, Angus Soft Fruits

Horticulture Week Business Award - Best Garden Retail Event

Winner - Wreath-Making Workshops, Hillier Nurseries

Horticulture Week Business Award - Landscape Architecture/Design Practice of the Year (up to eight staff)

Winner - Jon Sheaff & Associates

Horticulture Week Business Award - Best Sales or Marketing Campaign

Winner - Small Plants for Small Spaces, Farplants

Horticulture Week Business Award - Landscape Contractor of the Year

Winner - Ground Control

Horticulture Week Business Award - Best Business Refurbishment, Refit or Extension

Winner Longacres Bybrook Barn, Longacres Garden Centres

Horticulture Week Business Award - Multiple Garden Retailer of the Year

Winner - Hillier Nurseries

Horticulture Week Business Award - Soft-Fruit Grower of the Year

Winner - Boxford (Suffolk) Farms

Horticulture Week Business Award - Best New Ornamental Plant Variety

Winner - Daphne 'Perfume Princess', Wyevale Nurseries

Horticulture Week Business Award - Business Innovation of the Year

Winner - The road to Modiform's EcoExpert

Horticulture Week Business Award - Employer of the Year

Winner - Majestic Trees

Horticulture Week Business Award - Grounds Maintenance Contractor of the Year

Winner - Ground Control

Horticulture Week Business Award - Sustainable Business of the Year

Winner - A good home for everyone, B&Q

Horticulture Week Business Award - Garden Product Innovation

Winner - RHS-endorsed Ergo Deadheader, Burgon & Ball

Horticulture Week Business Award - Service Excellence Award

Winner - Tong Garden Centre

High Commendations in full: 

  • DORNEY COURT KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE Crocus.co.uk
  • THE OLD MOAT GARDEN CENTRE
  • OLD RAILWAY LINE GARDEN CENTRE
  • WONDERWALL USP Creations
  • MAJESTIC TREES
  • FARPLANTS
  • CHOISYA SCENTED GEM Genesis Plant Marketing
  • BOXFORD (SUFFOLK) FARMS – CHERRIES AND APPLES
  • ALLEN INNES - EAST SEATON FARM Angus Soft Fruits
  • LOCKHART GARRATT
  • WHARTON NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE CONSULTANTS
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: ESSE LANDSCAPES
  • THE 'CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE' PROJECT Majestic Trees
  • KEW RETAIL
  • GROUND CONTROL

2018 Shortlist in full: 

Allensmore Nurseries shortlisted twice 
Allen Innes, East Seaton Farm 
Angus Soft Fruits 
AR Neaves & Sons 
B&Q 
Barrell Tree Consultancy 
Berry Gardens 
Boxford (Suffolk) Farms 
Bridgman & Bridgman 
Building Design Partnership 
Burgon & Ball shortlisted 3 times  
Churchman Landscape Architects 
Crocus.co.uk 
Esse Landscapes 
Farplants shortlisted twice 
Genesis Plant Marketing shortlisted twice 
Glendale 
Grange Farm Nursery 
Ground Control shortlisted three times 
Guardtop 
Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres shortlisted twice 
InsideOut Home and Garden Improvements 
Johnsons of Whixley  
Jon Sheaff and Associates
JPS Landscape Designs
Kernock Park Plants
Kikka Digga
Lockhart Garratt
Longacres Garden Centres
Majestic Trees shortlisted twice
Mee Farmers
Mitie Landscapes
Modiform
North One Garden Centre
Old Railway Line Garden Centre
Kew Enterprises
The Old Moat Garden Centre 
SmartPlant
Tendercare Nurseries
Tong Garden Centre
USP Creations
Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants
Wyevale Nurseries shortlisted 4 times

SEE ALL BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 WINNERS 


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