Graham Ward OBE

The flag at Stockbridge Technology Centre is now flying at half-mast – to mark the passing of Graham Ward OBE, who sadly died at the weekend.

Nigel Bartle director of STC said “Graham was instrumental in ‘saving’ Stockbridge and he maintained his day-to-day involvement until he stepped down from his role as CEO last year, to enjoy a well-deserved and happy retirement.

There will be plenty of time to reflect on Graham’s life, however the ongoing and enduring success of Stockbridge is a fitting epitaph of his work. Through time the team will find an appropriate way to commemorate Graham’s contribution.

Whilst important, Grahams work at Stockbridge is only part of a story that shows dedication to British Growing and of course ultimately led to him being honoured with the OBE.

Though he made Yorkshire his home, Graham hailed from the West and the rich horticultural and growing areas of Worcestershire. He left here to the Research and Development section of ICI, chaired, and ran numerous grower Co-operatives, before being instrumental in forming the National Farmers Union first Board for Horticulture.

The Board and Trustees of STC are sure that much will be written about Graham’s contribution to our industry, and there will be appropriate ways to mark his passing. As a result of the current situation the family will be having a private funeral, however as lockdowns continue to ease we hope we will be able to hold an event in Summer when we can mark the contribution Graham made to this industry and all share some stories and good humour about time spent with him.”

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