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The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition ONLY 1 WEEK TO GO!

By Industry News

Round 1 of the 2024 Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition (YHoY) is well underway and the closing date Thursday 29th February is approaching fast!  We have a new platform, a new look registration and single link access to the round making it quick and easy to register and take part!


The competition is open to anyone across the UK and Ireland, who is under 30 on 31st July 2024.  Whether you are a student, apprentice or working in the industry, or know someone who is, this is a fantastic opportunity to test your horticultural knowledge and network with a wide range of individuals from across the industry.

The winner of the competition gain’s the prestige title of ‘Young Horticulturist of the Year’ and will receive a £2,500 travel bursary from The Percy Thrower Trust, generously provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society.  The winner can undertake a trip, anywhere in the world, to study, complete work experience or embark on visits related to their chosen field of horticulture.

The Grand Final will be held on Thursday, May 9th, 2024 at Hestercombe House and Gardens, Taunton.

Hestercombe has a rich and diverse history, with the first written record of the estate in 682.  It is famous for its unique collection of gardens which span three centuries of garden history and design, first mentioned in a medieval charter in 1249. The formal Garden is hailed as one of the finest examples of the world-renowned partnership of Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens, skilfully restored to its originally glory after the original Jekyll planting plans were discovered undisturbed in the potting shed for nearly 70 years when restoration

Victoria George, the National Organiser said “it is another exciting year, Round 1 is in full swing and entries are racking up from the colleges and industry across the whole of the UK and Ireland.  It has been great to see such a wide range of entrants, and I can’t wait to announce the Round 1 winners on Friday 1st March”.

To find out more about the competition and how to take part, visit the Young Horticulturist of the Year page.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2024 competition, please contact the Chartered Institute of Horticulture – Email:

The UK fresh produce sector: Review of the supply chain

By Industry News

Defra has launched its consultation into fairness in the supply chain for the fresh produce sector. The consultation is one of the key commitments made at the Downing Street Farm to Fork Summit in May 2023 and builds upon work already underway to improve fairness in the pork, dairy and egg supply chains.  

The consultation is aimed at finding out more about … 

  • how the UK fresh produce sector currently functions 
  • the nature of the relationships across the supply chain 
  • whether the fresh produce supply chain could be improved and how 

And getting a better understanding of the issues around fairness and transparency that exist within the sector. 

The hope is that this will enable Defra to design future policy aimed at promoting better business practice and making the supply chain fairer for all.  

This is the link to the online consultation. 

The consultation closes on 11:45pm on 22 February 2024. 

British Growers will be making a submission to the consultation so if anyone wants to send us their thoughts and ideas for incorporation into the submission, please let us have them as soon as possible.   



New Scholars Programme from East of England Agricultural Society

By Company News

£30k funding pot to boost careers, networking and skills across the agriculture and food sector in the region


The East of Agricultural Society is delighted to announce the launch of the East of England Agricultural Society Scholars Programme, with grants of up to £2,000 per successful applicant to help progress careers within the agricultural and horticultural industries. With the first two scholars already benefiting from their grants, the programme has three funding windows – with the first closing 20th February. Further windows will close in June and October, but applications are welcome all year round.

Society Vice Chairman, Stuart Roberts, said: “The East of England Agricultural Society Scholars Programme is an exciting new project for the Society, and I am delighted with the calibre of our first scholars. Going forward we anticipate this programme becoming an important core activity for us as we reach out to those who are looking to increase their own skills and knowledge, and to pass that on to the agricultural and rural community in the East of England.


“The future success of this programme will be determined entirely by the candidates who apply and are successful in receiving award and I would encourage as many people as possible to apply for the next round of scholars grants.”


The East of England Agricultural Society launched the fund in September 2023, offering successful applicants the opportunity to develop their careers, whilst also building a network around the Programme to help create future leaders in the industry. As part of the funding, recipients will receive mentorship from committee members and past scholars, be invited to deliver talks, and have the opportunity to feed into the wider Society network.

The first two successful applicants are Milly Fyfe and Liz Genever. Milly Fyfe is an award-winning PR, marketing and fundraising specialist from Yelvertoft, Northamptonshire, where she is a representative for Ladies in Beef, The Farm Safety Foundation, and The Farming Community Network. She is also English Panel Secretary to the Council for Awards of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

Farming suckler cattle, sheep, arable crops and rare breed pigs alongside her husband Andrew and two young children, Milly has also been a Love British Food ambassador for over 10 years and during the pandemic launched her ‘No Fuss Meals for Busy Parents’ food blog.

Milly has been awarded funding by the Scholars Programme to receive formal TV training. She said: “To be recognised and receive this grant is a huge boost to me personally, on behalf of my business and the wider farming industry. I’ve picked up presenting skills along the way with the experiences I have been involved with, although completely self-taught. However, having coaching from TV industry experts, using state of the art equipment, will really help to up my game, especially when it comes to communicating consumer related food and farming issues. I want to resonate with a wider audience on social media, through my YouTube channel and pick up work opportunities too.”

Dr Liz Genever has also received a grant in the first round of funding to complete Integrity Soils’ CREATE UK course; an intensive programme designed to train and empower consultants and coaches in the theory, principles and practices behind healthy, agroecological systems.

Liz is an independent and holistically trained beef and sheep systems consultant working across the UK. She is a third-generation farmer in South West Lincolnshire, near Stamford, and is transitioning the family mixed farm towards a more regenerative and biological approach. With a strong technical background and working with beef and sheep farmers across the UK, Liz’s expertise covers livestock production, grazing systems and sustainable farming techniques.

She is one of the founders of Carbon Calling CIC, which is building a community of farmers who support and learn from one another to make their farm and themselves healthier and happier, Liz also co-hosts a monthly podcast – ReGenAg chat.


Liz said: “The funding will provide me with new opportunities and new knowledge through enabling me to take part in the CREATE course, whilst also making local farmers more aware of my services. Being a successful Scholars Programme applicant has also given me the confidence to apply for a DEFRA Facilitation Fund Project, which will strengthen that connection with local farmers even further.”


Agricultural Events Manager, Ruth Trolove, said: “We are interested in viewing applications from anyone in the agricultural and horticultural sectors who thinks they could benefit from the programme, there are no limitations on age or background. This is a great opportunity to further your career whilst giving back to the community and to add to the network by encouraging future applicants.”

The East of England Agricultural Society is welcoming applicants for the current window of funding, and applicants should email or visit to find out more information and access the application documents.

Turfgrass Prices Expected to Rise in 2024 due to Challenging Growing Conditions

By Company News

The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) has noted a concerning trend following a year of unpredictable and extreme weather conditions across the UK in 2023. Members of the association have reported that the changeable weather, combined with other factors, is likely to lead to an increase in turfgrass prices in 2024.

The past year saw a spectrum of climatic challenges, from prolonged summer droughts to heavy rainfall in autumn and winter. These conditions, exacerbated by stringent chemical legislation, have led to increased disease vulnerability and impacted turfgrass harvest yields.

The Met Office has highlighted the visible effects of climate change globally, including risks to water supplies, localised flooding, altered seasonality, heat stress, and the expanding habitat range of pests – all of which are concerns for the turfgrass industry. Predictions of warmer, wetter winters, hotter, drier summers, and more frequent intense weather events add further pressure to turfgrass cultivation.

Richard Owens, Chair of the TGA, stated, “Our members are finding 2023 to be a particularly challenging year for turfgrass production. This trend is expected to continue, necessitating an industry-wide adjustment in turfgrass pricing to offset the increasing costs of production.”

In addition to weather challenges, other factors contributing to the anticipated price increase include the rising cost of fertilisers and fuel, supply chain disruptions, and the need for more sustainable growing practices. The TGA is committed to supporting its members through these challenges, advocating for industry needs, and promoting best practices in sustainable turfgrass production.


Fresh produce POS data service provides exclusive in-store information

By Company News

A comprehensive, regular, and reliable data service for sellers of fresh and frozen produce has been relaunched to enable access to images and information that can only be discovered in UK stores.

British Growers Insights is the UK’s largest and most up to date fresh and frozen produce point of sale data service for organisations within the fresh and frozen produce sector, offering unique insights on over 3,000 Stock Keeping Units (SKUs), both online and in store, including how products look on shelves, and what customers actually see.

Collecting thousands of data points spanning 20 categories of fruit, vegetables, salads, mushrooms, and prepared produce each week, users can access up-to-date customer perspectives, on demand.

“British Growers Insights offers users access to timely retail data that’s updated by our team each week, and all of which has been collected by barcode scanners to reduce the risk of human error. Our team goes into stores, so our clients don’t have to,” explains Lisa Eagles, managing director at British Growers Association, the not-for-profit organisation behind British Growers Insights.

“The data provides over 25 product features, some of which can only be discovered in store, including pricing, promotions, pack size, variety, retailer, availability, and country of origin.

“As well as historical data, users can access and download over 4,500 product record updates each week from 12 major food retailers covering 90% of the UK market share,” says Lisa.

“All of our information is helping businesses to make strategic and tactical decisions,” adds Lisa.

Peter Durose, managing director of Coregeo, the company behind Pink Lady® apples and Tenderstem® broccoli, uses British Growers Insights to make strategic decisions. “BG insights provides us with an invaluable source of in-depth weekly insights and industry data, enabling us to complete detailed category analysis with deeper insight into the activity within the range in retail at any given time during the year.”

British Growers Insights is available on a 14-day free trial from or 01507 353796.

British Growers Join OFC Organisers

By Company News, Industry News

British Growers Join OFC Organisers

Stepping up and getting involved is very much at the heart of the Oxford Farming
Conference (OFC) ethos and, following the retirement of the previous Secretariat, British
Growers Association has joined the ranks.
The British Growers Association, which has all the skills needed at its fingertips with its work
providing a centralised shared administrative, accountancy, events and conference services
for its existing members, is already busy ensuring the smooth running of the OFC.
Lisa Eagles, Managing Director of British Growers, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have
been given the opportunity to work with The Oxford Farming Conference, a prestigious
annual event which brings together the farming industry to discuss and debate big issues”.
“The Oxford Farming Conference Secretariat appointment enhances our portfolio of clients
and we look forward to developing a strong partnership.”
Pauline Sutton, Client Manager at British Growers, is heading up the secretariat team which
is responsible for administration, ticket sales and outreach programmes (Inspire, Scholars
and Bursaries), as well as the wider organisation administration and management of the
voluntary Board.
They join Hawk AV, Jane Craigie Marketing (JCM), and Clare Greener (partnership and
The theme for this year’s conference, the Power of Diversity, aims to celebrate all aspects of
diversity – people, farming systems, genetics, and markets, to name just a few. True to the
mission of the OFC, it will also explore the diversity of thought and opinion.
Chair of #OFC24, Welsh beef and arable farmer Will Evans, 45, praised British Growers for
taking on the “key role” of conference secretariat.
“I’m delighted to be working with British Growers,” said Will. “They bring a wealth of
experience to this key role and it’s great to know that with them at the helm all the
information will be in place for a fantastic conference.”


To find out more visit

LSA Fellowship Scheme – Applications Close Soon

By Company News, Industry News

Have you applied for the LSA Fellowship Scheme?

The application window is open for the 2024 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 Fellowship event & meeting expenses
  • Attendance at events in the UK and overseas
  • Part of a group of 12 Fellows, developing a close network with your peers
  • Connect with key representatives from across the industry.
  • Supportive network of Fellowship Alumni

“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.”  Commented Martin Emmett, LSA Trustee

Libby Rowland graduated from the scheme in 2022, she encourages others to apply for the scheme:

“Being one of the first cohort on the LSA CT Fellowship was a brilliant experience. It gives you a fantastic support network of other young people in the industry, each with their own network to draw learnings and experience from. We’ve attended countless different events, from nursery visits and conferences to meetings with policymakers and I’ve come away from it wiser, more confident and with pride at being part of such a great initiative.”

During the last 12 months the Fellows taking part in the 2-year scheme have attended events such as Cultivate 2023, Fruit Logistica, Horticulture Food Loss Network, HTA Plant Show and the International Blueberry Conference. Enabling the Fellows to expand their interests, get an insight into future opportunities and innovations and network with different sections of the industry.

The Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in horticulture to gain experience in all sectors of the industry. The Scheme is now recruiting it’s 6th cohort and has the support of such prestigious organisations like the National Farmers Union, British Growers Association, The Horticultural Trades Association, and The Chartered Institute of Horticulture. With this backing, the Fellowship will no doubt continue to empower talented, knowledgeable leaders in the commercial horticulture industry for years to come.


To apply for the scheme please visit: Applications open on 1st September 2023. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2023.

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


III International Symposium on Carrot and other Apiaceae – Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities still available

By Company News

III International Symposium on Carrot and other Apiaceae – Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities still available

We are delighted to extend an invitation for sponsorship and trade exhibitor opportunities at the III International Carrot & Other Apiaceae Symposium. This prestigious event will unfold at York Racecourse from Monday 2 October to Wednesday 5 October 2023. It promises to be a vibrant fusion of scientific insights, industry innovations, and social celebrations, capped with a Gala Dinner at the Racecourse.

The 2023 Symposium entitled “a taste of things to come” will bring together more than 300 delegates from every continent, representing the very forefront of the Carrot and Apiaceae community. We will present the most recent scientific findings and technical advances with our lineup of global speakers, whilst also fostering a space for high-value networking, collaboration, and knowledge exchange.

Why Participate?

  • Showcase Your Brand: With global representation, this Symposium offers a powerful platform to display your products or services to a wide, international audience.
  • Network with Leaders: Engage with key decision-makers, researchers, growers, and industry influencers.
  • Expand Your Reach: Leverage this unique gathering to broaden your footprint across diverse regions and sectors.
  • Build Lasting Connections: Forge meaningful relationships through interactive sessions, seminars, and celebratory dinners, all set in the historic city of York.

For further information on sponsorship, exhibiting at the event, registration forms, event marketing and branding, complimentary delegates, and additional tickets, please find the attached conference booklet, or visit our website: International Symposium on Carrot and Other Apiaceae – 2-5 October 2023.

There are going to be some amazing celebratory dinners held in various venues throughout the city. On Thursday 5th October the Symposium is joining forces with the British Carrot Growers Association and offering delegates a chance to visit the annual British Carrot Growers Association Demonstration Day.