Shortlist announced for production horticulture awards

Leading names from across the production horticulture sector shortlisted for the UK Grower Awards 2014 will go head-to-head in March at a glittering event where the winners will be announced.

This year's shortlist was selected from a bumper crop of entries from businesses around the UK - nearly 30 per cent more entries were received this year compared with the previous year.

The winners for each category will be chosen by a team of expert independent judges at the final judging day for the UK Grower Awards 2014 to be held in central London on 22 January.

The judges are Stockbridge Technology Centre chief executive Graham Ward, nursery stock crop consultant John Adlam, British Growers Association commercial manager Tim Mudge, garden industry consultant Neville Stein, nursery stock consultant Andrew Hewson and independent crop consultant Derek Hargreaves.

The award winners will be announced at an awards dinner and presentation to be held at London's prestigious Grand Connaught Rooms on 4 March.

The headline sponsors this year are Asda and the NFU. The category sponsors are Agrovista, Asda, Botanicoir, Kubota, Modiform, MorePeople, the NFU, Quinton Edwards, Rijk Zwaan, Sharpak, Spitalfields and XL Horticulture. Other event sponsors include the HTA.

Categories include Business Innovation of the Year, Vegetable Grower of the Year, Top-Fruit Grower of the Year, Nursery Stock Grower of the Year, Salads Grower of the Year, Soft-Fruit Grower of the Year, Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year, Environmental Initiative of the Year, Best New Variety, Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best Professional Product or Service, Young Grower of the Year, Top Sales or Marketing Professional and Exporter of the Year.

For tickets to the UK Grower Awards 2014 dinner and presentation, please call 020 8267 4014, email keith.bawden@haymarket.com or book online via www.thegrowerawards.co.uk.

UK Grower Awards 2014 - Shortlist in full plus individual nominees
- AC Goatham & Son
- Architectural Plants
- Ball Colegrave
- Barcham Trees
- Barnsfold Nurseries
- Bedfordshire Growers
- Blackmoor Nurseries
- Boningale Nurseries
- British Tomato Growers Association
- Chessum Plants
- Chrysal UK
- Corkers Crisps
- DJ Moor
- East Coast Growers
- East Malling Research
- Early Plants
- Everris
- James Coles & Sons (Nurseries)
- LF Papworth
- Lovania Nurseries
- Lettuce Flowers
- Majestic Trees
- Merlin Growers
- Produce World Group
- Rijk Zwaan UK
- Tatws Bryn
- Thompson & Morgan
- UK Salads
- Vicarage Nurseries
- Viking Nurseries
- VHB Herbs
- Walling Nurseries

Young Grower of the Year
- Laura Marner, VHB Herbs
- Carolyn Coxe, Produce World
- Gabor Lukoviczki, Lovania
- George Nobrega, Lovania

Top Sales or Marketing Professional
- Andrew Austin, Majestic Trees
- Rick McKeever, Lovania


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