The Lantra Land based Learner Awards celebrate the talents of Wales’ top environmental and land-based individuals and businesses, and recognise the initiative, skills and enthusiasm of individuals pursuing careers within the environmental and land-based sector.
Tyfu Cymru’s Training Award recognises the top horticulture businesses in Wales for outstanding commitment to continuous professional development. Tyfu Cymru is a project managed by Lantra, and with funding from the Welsh Government Cooperation and supply chain development scheme offering 100% funded support for training and development for the Horticulture Industry.
Winner of the award, Hootons Homegrown, is a family farm proudly producing homegrown Anglesey fruit and vegetables and rear their own livestock.
The Hooton family has evolved their business over many years, from a farm growing cereals and potatoes to today’s collection of enterprises which not only comprises of a farm growing an extensive range of vegetables and fruit but also livestock that supply their two farm shops and café.
It is obvious to see the passionate continuing commitment to developing their professional enterprises and knowledge. The 100% funded support from Tyfu Cyrmu has enabled the family and their employees to gain knowledge and obtain assistance that has helped to enhance their foresight and ability to develop even further.
Michael Hooton said: “Welsh growers need the partnership of Tyfu Cymru to stimulate the Welsh horticultural industry with up to date techniques and developments and to promote a viable future.”
Today, Puffin Produce Ltd employs around 180 team members at their Withybush headquarters. They pack around 65,000 tonnes of Welsh potatoes every year, including their Pembrokeshire Early PGI potatoes. The Blas y Tir brand not only sells quality Welsh potatoes, but also a range of delicious Welsh seasonal vegetables.
‘We are big enough to cope and small enough to care!’ Is the slogan of Seiont Nurseries Ltd. Established in 1978, Seiont Nurseries is a well-known plug and liner producer with an annual production of 850,000 liners and 400,000 plugs. They specialise in new and unusual varieties that are sold throughout the UK and Europe.
Seiont Nurseries Ltd have been able to adapt to turbulent changes in their business environment successfully throughout this transitional time and have continued to develop their professional knowledge, skills and processes with the support provided by Tyfu Cymru.
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