Results 2018

Garden Retail Business Categories

WINNER: Longacres Bybrook Barn

Longacres Garden Centres

Bybrook Barn Garden Centre had fallen far from its heyday when Longacres managing director Nigel Long saw the potential in the site, completing the purchase on 31 July 2016. Turnover has grown impressively ever since, following a series of physical changes and improvements at the centre. Longacres replaced the flooring, block paved outs...

Highly Commended: Tendercare Landscape Products and Show Gardens Refurbishment

Tendercare Nurseries

Highly Commended: Dorney Court Kitchen Garden Cafe

WINNER: N1 Garden Centre

North One Garden Centre, which is situated in Islington, north London, has proven skill and expertise in the art of urban retailing where space is at a premium and 70 per cent of the customers are aged under 40. The centre provides a green oasis in an urban environment and describes itself as a truly life-enhancing space for all who vis...

Highly Commended: The Old Moat Garden Centre

Finalist: Grange Farm Nursery

WINNER: Tong Garden Centre

One of Yorkshire’s largest independent garden centres, Tong occupies a 14-acre site near Tong village, between Bradford and Leeds. It was acquired by childhood friends Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson in May 2015. They set out to re-establish Tong and to reposition it as a destination garden centre for all of the family. The commitme...

Highly Commended: Old Railway Line Garden Centre

Finalist: Kew Retail

WINNER: Hillier Nurseries

Hillier achieved an 8.1 per cent turnover increase in 2017. Yearon-year growth was accomplished across all areas of the business. With an international reputation for horticultural skills and expertise, the firm has also maintained its position as one of the leading businesses in the industry. At the heart of the company are its 12 garden centr...

WINNER: RHS-endorsed Ergo Deadheader

Burgon & Ball

The Ergo Deadheader demonstrates innovation and fills a gap in the market for the amateur gardener because deadheading is a task for every gardener, for plentiful and prolonged flowering. This unique and effective tool has been specifically developed to make this important job easier, faster and more comfortable. Endorsed by the RHS, it...

Highly Commended: Wonderwall

USP Creations

Finalist: Hip-Trug

Burgon & Ball

Finalist: RHS-endorsed FloraBrite tools

Burgon & Ball

Finalist: The Ground Breaking Easy Dig Garden Fork/Spade Attachment Gadget

Kikka Digga

Finalist: SmartPlant

WINNER: Wreath Making Workshops

Hillier Nurseries

Christmas trading for Hillier saw the company surpass its 2016 sales figures for the period by 16.2 per cent. One of the main contributors to this success was an extensive integrated marketing campaign entitled “The Magic of Christmas”. Consistent across all channels to provide a seamless experience, the campaign was focused around ...

WINNER: Tong Garden Centre

Now in its third year and with inspirational leaders at the helm, Tong Garden Centre has a clear vision for future growth. The team has tripled in size, customer numbers continue to rise and turnover has more than doubled. Supporting immense growth and continued development at a rapid pace has been possible because Tong has never lost sight...

Highly Commended: Dorney Court Kitchen Garden cafe

WINNER: Kew Retail

All Kew Retail profits generated from its three permanent shops — Victoria Plaza, White Peaks and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery — are used by Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew. The business plan for Kew Retail is for continued growth in net income and net profit. The sales team’s role is to have a greater influence on custom...

Production Business Categories

WINNER: Wyevale Nurseries

Wyevale Nurseries grows more than six-million container plants, trees and transplants each year for supply to the retail, landscape, garden design, local authority and forestry markets. Owned by the Williamson family for 87 years, the business has undergone a major period of transformation in the past three years, including ...

Highly Commended: Majestic Trees

Finalist: Allensmore Nurseries

Finalist: Farplants

WINNER: Kernock Park Plants

Kernock Park Plants is an independent wholesale producer of high-quality, young ornamental plants. With 4ha of cover (predominantly glass), more than 11 million plants are produced to cater for a variety of customer requirements. Plants are grown and sold to more than 1,300 customers. Kernock has established the loyal, long-term and...

Highly Commended: Farplants

WINNER: Daphne Perfumed Princess

Wyevale Nurseries

The other work of New Zealandbased Mark Jury, who bred Daphne ‘Perfume Princess’, includes Fairy Magnolia and Black Tulip. He grew interested in Daphne after a visit to UK breeder Robin White and started work on this cross around 2003, with the aim to improve selections of Daphne odora. He set about to combine the tough,...

Highly Commended: Choisya Scented Gem

Genesis Plant Marketing

Finalist: Polemonium yezoensis ‘Kaleidoscope’

Allensmore Nurseries

Finalist: Senecio Angel Wings

Wyevale Nurseries

Finalist: Morus Mojo Berry

Wyevale Nurseries

Finalist: Doodia Rough Ruby

Genesis Plant Marketing

WINNER: Building a Business for the Future of British Cherries

A R Neaves & Sons

AR Neaves & Sons has met the challenges of growing British cherries head on and developed the business to ensure a consistent supply of top-quality produce throughout the season while nurturing and maintaining its staff. Over the past 18 months, it has brought in cutting-edge technology, introduced new varieties to extend the relatively...

Highly Commended: Boxford (Suffolk) Farms – Cherries and Apples

WINNER: Boxford (Suffolk) Farms

Boxford (Suffolk) Farms is realising the benefits of a long-term business growth strategy that embraces the best growing, environmental and technological developments. The result has been a remarkable growth in turnover across nearly all categories of fruit, with soft fruit enjoying year-on-year growth of 30 per cent. Founded by Devora Peak...

Highly Commended: Allen Innes - East Seaton Farm

Angus Soft Fruits


Angus Soft Fruits

AVA Star is an exceptionally flavoured, day-neutral strawberry variety bred by Angus Innovate, the research and development division of Angus Soft Fruits, a leading supplier of berries to UK and European retailers. It was selected in September 2016 for commercial production in the summer of 2017. Angus Innovate breeds new varieties of s...

WINNER: Small Plants for Small Spaces


The largest product launch in Farplants’ history, “Small Plants for Small Spaces”, is a new concept for selling small hardy plants targeted to appeal to the consumer who although limited by space still wants impact. The innovative new range helps shoppers to instantly relate and see how it will work in their garden. The Sm...

Finalist: Realising the importance of marketing to grow sales

Johnsons of Whixley

Finalist: Surprisingly Sweet Blackberries

Berry Gardens

Arboriculture Business Categories

WINNER: Glendale

Glendale has sought to compose a new future for the business, the centre point being the creation of an employee talent pipeline and the retention, engagement and empowerment of the best staff. Delivering these objectives will support the resilience of the business, particularly in the arboriculture market where they will increase the s...

WINNER: Barrell Tree Consultancy

Barrell Tree Consultancy (BTC) advises on trees in the legal and planning sectors. Since concentrating solely on consultancy in 1995, it has developed from being a sole trader to one of the most successful arboricultural consultancies in the UK. At the same time, it has developed an international reputation for designing and exporting tree ...

Highly Commended: Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants

Highly Commended: Lockhart Garratt

Landscape Business Categories

WINNER: Ground Control

Ground Control, the UK’s fastestgrowing external landscape services provider, offers services in ecology, design, arboriculture, vegetation management, landscape construction and grounds maintenance. The landscaping construction division offers a full portfolio of soft landscaping, hard landscaping, design and ...

Highly Commended: Esse Landscapes

Finalist: InsideOut Home and Garden Improvements

WINNER: Jon Sheaff and Associates

The past two years have been momentous for Jon Sheaff & Associates. Having established the business in 2011, principal Jon Sheaff developed a business plan postulating significant growth in turnover and profit over a five-year period. The practice achieved its turnover target by summer 2017 and has continued to expand rapidly since, wit...


BDP Landscape has built up a successful portfolio of projects on a local, national and international scale with a 58-strong team of landscape professionals operating from offices in the UK, the Netherlands and India. Over the past year it has continued to grow this portfolio of work in the UK and overseas, in particular in Ireland, ...

WINNER: Churchman Landscape Architects

Churchman Landscape Architects (CLA) was founded 25 years ago and has enjoyed sustained growth, becoming one of the UKs leading landscape design practices. The company combines an intuitive environmental responsibility with a strong desire to realise designs that achieve a unique response to site and brief. It has built a reputation for conside...

WINNER: Ground Control

Ground Control offers a truly nationwide grounds maintenance service, catering for single- and multi-site customers across a wide range of commercial sectors. Counting the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Thames Water, Severn Trent Water, Travelodge and Network Rail among its long-standing contracts, it services more than ...

General Business Categories

WINNER: EcoExpert


Modiform develops and produces growing, transport and packaging systems for the horticultural sector and beyond. The family company has been upcycling materials into high-quality and distinctive products and concepts since it was founded in Holland in 1980. By 2020, it aims to be the prime partner that companies approach when they have new ...

Highly Commended: The 'Centre of Excellence' Project

Majestic Trees

Finalist: Wonderwall

USP Creations

Finalist: Go-Grit App

Mitie Landscapes

Finalist: Wyevale Nurseries

Finalist: TickleBerries 100% Aronia Berry Juice


Finalist: SmartPlant

WINNER: Steve McCurdy

Majestic Trees

Steve McCurdy has built Majestic Trees in just 17 years to a business that turns over in excess of £3m per year with a steadily upward growth trajectory. What makes the achievement all the more admirable, say loyal team members, is the integrity with which he has pursued his business ambitions. A multiple award-winning nursery busines...


The 10th year of B&Q’s sustainability programme in 2017 saw a step change in its sustainability delivery. The company focused on reducing its own footprint, increasing community work and engaging its customers. In April 2017, B&Q decided to end the use of all neonicotinoid-based insecticides in the cultivation of all its flowe...

WINNER: Tong Garden Centre

Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson acquired the 14-acre Tong site in May 2015, with a mission is to re-establish the business as an iconic garden centre in the heart of Yorkshire and to reposition it as a destination outlet. Their commitment to realising Tong’s potential has been underpinned by investment of more than £2m and a custo...

Highly Commended: Kew Retail

Finalist: Wharton Tree & Ecology Consultants

WINNER: Majestic Trees

Recruitment and retention of high-quality staff are central to the Majestic Trees business model. To build an experienced and highly skilled team, owners Steve and Janet McCurdy have adopted an egalitarian management style, investing in employee welfare, professional development and initiatives to promote employees as stakeholders, ...

Highly Commended: Ground Control

Finalist: JPS Landscape Designs

WINNER: A British Blueberry Business

Mee Farmers

Mee Farmers is an established arable farm in the Nene Valley, Northamptonshire, owned and managed by husband-and-wife team Peter and Zoe Mee. They both recognised that with increasing cost pressures in the arable market there was a need to diversify to maintain optimum use of their land and resources, including the farm’s irrigati...

Finalist: Wonderwall

USP Creations

Finalist: SmartPlant

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