Young Grower of the Year - Winner James Lacey, L&D Flowers

Back in 2006, at the age of just 22, James Lacey started a business with his then boss, Simon Dobney, called L&D Flowers.

 Young Grower of the Year - Winner James Lacey, L&D Flowers
Young Grower of the Year - Winner James Lacey, L&D Flowers

James conceived the idea for the business after identifying a gap in the retail market for the supply of good-quality British-grown summer flowers.

Today his Lincolnshire farm totals 320ha, a huge step up from the 15ha site with which he started - proof of the drive and determination to succeed of this young grower in a challenging economic climate.

James has grown daffodils, tulips, sweet william and gladioli over the past nine years, keeping up with ever changing trends and trialling new crops to ensure that his business remains sustainable.

An alliance was formed with Finlay Flowers in 2006 supplying sunflowers. This initial venture led to an increase in his programme the following season, a trend that has continued year on year.

L&D Flowers has now become one of Flamingo Flowers' largest and most strategic suppliers of British summer flowers, supplying to all its key customers.

Evidence of James's passion and drive to succeed can be seen in the rapid growth in planting numbers from the small beginnings in 2006 to a business that now grows four-million tulips, 40ha of sweet william, 140ha of gladioli, 240ha of sunflowers and 100ha of potatoes.

Highly commended

Danny Booth, Lovania Nurseries

Steve Massam, Lovania Nurseries

Finalists

James Hopwood, DeliciouslYorkshire

Hannah Miller, Thompson & Morgan

Oliver Pascall, Berry Gardens

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