The Chairman of the Fruiterers’ Awards Council stated that “A key objective of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers Awards is to promote excellence across all sectors of the fruit industry. In that context we were delighted to see the Master Fruiterer present several prestigious and hard won awards at the National Fruit Show recently. The show, which has been running for 86 years, provided the perfect opportunity to recognise our winners in front of a large crowd of industry peers.”
Viv Powell, who is widely known and highly regarded within the industry both in the UK and overseas, was presented with the Fruit Culture Award at the Show Dinner on Wednesday evening by the Master, Mrs Cheryl Roux. This was in recognition of her many achievements, but in particular her successes in gaining hundreds of off label approvals for many vital crop protection products.
The Master stated that “Viv’s efforts and achievements have been hugely influential on the survival and success of our industry and the recognition shown by this award is thoroughly deserved.”
The Master made two further presentations the following day as part of the Show prize-giving. Javier Vidaurreta, who had travelled from Madrid to collect his award, was the third of this years Fruiterers’ Student Prize winners. His focus is on sustainable horticultural production and upon completion of his degree he plans to continue his studies in the areas of agribusiness and sustainability to fully equip him for his future in the industry.
John Leppard was presented with the Fruiterers’ Craftsman’s Award. John set up his own business based on his specialisms of pruning, grafting and spraying and, after bringing four of his sons into the grafting and pruning business, he has focussed on crop protection training
John has excelled in this endeavour, using his knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to help numerous farm workers to understand the practicalities of crop protection and become fully qualified spray operators.
The Master stated that ‘There are many farms where John’s craftsmanship and skills are in evidence. Orchards grafted or pruned by John and his sons. People trained by John. All contributing to the success of our great industry.”