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October 2021

Have you applied for the LSA Fellowship Scheme?

By Company News, Industry News

The deadline is looming for the 2022 LSA Fellowship scheme. We are looking for the future leaders of the UK’s horticulture industry to take part in the Fellowship.



  • 2-year Fellowship scheme
  • Exposure to all elements of the UK’s horticultural industry. Herbs to Hardy Nursery Stock production. R&D to marketing
  • £3,000 bursary to cover your expenses during the Fellowship
  • Attend an oversees study tour
  • Be part of a group of 12 Fellows, developing a close network with your peers
  • Connect with key representatives from across the industry

The Fellowship aims to develop the future leaders of the commercial horticulture industry and is being supported by the National Farmers Union, British Growers Association, The Horticultural Trades Association, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

“The Fellowship provides an excellent opportunity for up-and-coming executives in the horticulture industry to widen their perspective, create a network and equip themselves for a future role in leadership of the industry. These are exciting and challenging times for horticulture, and the LSA Fellows will be vital in shaping our sector for the future.” The Managing agent for the Scheme, Coral Clark commented.

Lucille Gilpin, Horticultural Technologist at DAERA and started the scheme in 2019, she encourages others to apply for the scheme.

“Applying to the LSA Fellowship was a no-brainer – between invitations to high quality events and meeting likeminded horticulture young people, I am glad I did apply.

Even throughout covid we have had a busy schedule, meeting and discussing with central industry people online. Pre covid, my favourite event was at SmartHort, I gained a lot of knowledge from this event to bring back to my workplace.

Since being on the scheme, I am a lot more confident to discuss industry issues in my workplace with also further confidence to talk to other growers about the latest technologies.

For new applicants, I would thoroughly advise to join our group, I have learnt a lot and will continue to do so along with the horticulture friends I have made.”


To apply for the scheme please visit: The deadline for applications is the 31st October 2021.

For more information on the scheme please visit the website or contact Coral Clark at British Growers on , or call: 01507 602427.


UK Horticulture Trade Delegation to New Zealand Horticulture | March 2020

By Industry News

In early 2020 in the days before lockdown, I had the opportunity to look at the fresh produce industry in New Zealand and see what the UK might learn from them and the way they operate. I was accompanied on the trip by Ali Capper, Chair of the NFU Horticulture and Potatoes Board, Chris Moncrief from the RHS, Ruth Ashfield from AHDB and Lucy Jackson from Defra.


The report explains were we went, who we spoke to, what we saw and more importantly our recommendations for the UK fresh produce industry.


View the report here


If anyone wants to discuss the report or the recommendations in more detail please feel free to get in touch


Jack Ward