Stars of UK production horticulture celebrated at Grower of the Year Awards

More then 400 professionals from the UK production horticulture industry gathered at a celebratory event on Wednesday night to hear the names of the winners of the coveted Grower of the Year Awards for 2013 revealed. .

NFU's Sarah Dawson, the team from F and T Schembri, and Fred MacAulay
NFU's Sarah Dawson, the team from F and T Schembri, and Fred MacAulay

Big winners of the night included Martin Riggall, former chief executive of the British Growers Association, who won the Lifetime Achiement Award.

The two gold awards for Grower of the Year: Edibles, and Grower of the Year: Ornamentals, went to salad grower F and T Schembri and Dianthus grower Whetman Pinks respectively. 

Whetman Pinks scored a hat trick during the night winning Best New Variety: Bedding, Protected Ornamental Grower of the Year and finally overall Ornamental Grower of the Year Award.

The event which was run in association with lead sponsor, the NFU, and addressed by deputy president Meurig Raymond, was hosted by broadcaster and comedian Fred MacAulay.  HW editor Kate Lowe opened the event.

The judging panel was John Adlam of Dove Associates, Sarah Dawson of the NFU horticulture and potatoes board, HW's Sally Drury, former Gardeners World editor Adam Pasco, consultant Neville Stein and Stockbridge Technology Centre chief executive Graham Ward,

For a full list of winners see below.  More detailed reports of winning entries and from the event will be published in the next edition of HW magazine.

Grower of The Year Awards 2013: The Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsor Asda) Martin Riggall

Grower of the Year: Edibles (sponsor NFU),

Winner: F and T Schembri

Grower of the Year: Ornamentals (sponsor Quinton Edwards)

Winner: Whetman Pinks

Salads Grower of the Year (sponsor Rijk Zwaan)

Winner: F and T Schembri

Highly Commended: Stubbins

BPOA Protected Ornamental Grower of the Year (sponsor Modiform)

Winner: Whetman Pinks

Highly Commended: Kernock Park Plants

Top Fruit Grower of the Year (sponsor Agrovista)

Winner: John Portass

Nursery Stock Grower of the Year: (sponsor XL Horticulture)

Winner: Lowaters

Highly Commended: James Cole & Sons, Viking Nurseries

Finalists: Hillier Nurseries, Majestic Trees

Vegetable Grower of the Year (sponsor New Spitalfields Market)

Winner: Harper Farming

Soft Fruit Grower of the Year (sponsor Botanicoir)

Winner: AJ & CI Snell

Highly commended: Kelsey Farms

Best New Variety Edibles - Fruit (sponsor Kubota)

Winner: JR Breach for Cheerful Gold

Highly Commended: Wisbech Contract Farming /Empire World Trade for Opal

Finalist: Newstairs for Sweet Sensation

Best New Variety Edibles - Vegetables & Salads

Winner: Flavourfresh for Tomkin

Finalist: VHB for British grown living tarragon

Best New Variety Bedding Plants (sponsor Horticulture Training Company)

Joint Winners: Calibrachoa Superbells 'Lemon Slice', Proven Winners, Wallflower F1 Sugar Rush, Ball Colegrave

Best New Variety Herbaceous Perennials

Winner: Dianthus 'Memories' from Whetman Pinks

Highly Commended: Pennisetum 'vertigo', Kernock Park Plants

Finalist: Papaver orientale, Thomson and Morgan UK

Support Professional of the Year

Winner: Lee Stiles

Emloyee of the Year (sponsor More People)

Winner: James Moffat, James Coles & Sons

Highly Commended: Carlos Guinan (Majestic Trees), Luke Hughes-Burton (VHS Herbs)

Finalists: Maria Fox (Lowaters), Chris Wright (Van Meuwen)

Young Grower of the Year (NFU)

Winner: James Smith, Loddington Farm

Highly Commended, Jon Rooke, Greenvale AP

Finalists: David Ball, Neame Lee Nurseries, John Cappalonga, Gee Vee Enterprises

Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year (sponsor Pro Tech Marketing)

Joint Winners: Watercress - A Super Food for a Super You, The Great British Cucumber Festival

Highly Commended: Suttons Seeds

Finalist: Love My Salad, Rijk Zwaan UK

Business Innovation of the Year (sponsor M&S Farming for the Future)

Winner: Treefinder, Majestic Trees

Highly Commended: GreenSky, Boningale Nurseries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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